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Lara Poulios

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To Apply or Not Apply for Need-Based Aid: Who Should Check the Box?

It’s no secret that during these uncertain economic times, colleges are having a more challenging time than ever maintaining balanced operating budgets.  And while the question of whether or not families should apply for need-based financial aid comes up every year, the idea that there may be an “admissions edge” when not applying for financial aid seems to be more relevant than ever.  So, who ...
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ED/EA/RD: Tips for Choosing the Right College Application Plan

ED, EA, RD…the alphabet soup that describes college application plans can be confusing.  Let’s dive into what you need to know about each, and more importantly, how to determine which plans are the right ones for you.
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Nut Free to Kosher: Tips for Navigating the College Dining Hall Scene

 
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The What, Why and Where of College Co-Op Programs

I’m a College Planning Consultant at Estrela Consulting and the mom to two boys that attend Northeastern University, a college that has fully embraced the idea of “co-op,” which is short for cooperative education. 
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Show Me the Money! The Where and How of Scholarship Searches

With the average cost of tuition and fees currently averaging $10,116 and $36,801 for in-state public and private colleges respectively, it’s no wonder that families are looking for alternatives to help fund their student’s education.  And while the largest sources of free money for college come from the federal and state governments and the universities themselves, private scholarships do ...
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