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Spring Break Reading List for Parents of Teens

Whether your spring break plans have you hitting the road or staying at home, the Estrela team has put together a list of books for you to check out! From navigating the college search process to determining how to pay for it, we've got you covered with the options below. We've also included something inspirational to remind you that this process will be full of twists and turns BUT also very ...
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Tips for Navigating Virtual College Fairs

Every year, March ushers in the Spring season, college basketball madness, and this year (thanks to COVID) a generous selection of virtual college fairs. A college fair can be a great way to learn more about schools you are already considering and/or to explore schools you haven’t even considered yet. Best of all, a college fair is an excellent way to demonstrate interest in the schools you may ...
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Dos and Don'ts of Appealing a Financial Aid Award

Ah...February. The month of Hallmark’s favorite holiday. Also the month during which colleges will start to send out financial aid information. Quick caveat: this will only be for the schools to which your student has already been accepted. Colleges with April 1 notification dates will package the financial aid with the acceptance information.
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New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) released this month its 2020 ranking of What Colleges Look for in High School Students, based on a nationwide survey of IECA members. While grades and standardized test scores are near the top of these annual rankings, a number of significant changes and surprises are challenging the assumptions about college admissions. Number 1 on the ...
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Teen Talk: Navigating Holiday Conversations

Depending on where you are in the college process, the holidays are either the most wonderful - or the most dreadful - time of the year. Maybe you’re an early decision student, visibly full of relief that all your applications are submitted, but internally still anxiously awaiting decisions from all of your schools. Maybe you heard back just before Thanksgiving that you didn’t get into your top ...
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