The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Planning

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Penguin, 1999 - Study Aids - 326 pages
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You're no idiot, of course. You know that college life is full of exciting academic challenges, and you can't wait to gain independence from your parents and meet new friends. But when it comes to evaluating colleges, filling out application forms, and figuring out tuition expenses, you feel like you're back in second grade learning multiplication tables. Don't stay back just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Planning, Second Edition helps make this difficult process go as smoothly as possible--and brings you closer to your dream education. In this completely revised and updated Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

 

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Contents

Evaluating Your Visit
103
Collating Your Information
105
The Notes the Thing
106
Keep in Touch
108
Applying Yourself
109
Its Going on Your Permanent Record
111
Courses of Course
112
The Bare Essentials
113
Theres No Need to Fear
189
FAR FAQs FYI
190
It Costs Too Much so Why Bother?
191
What About Outside Scholarships and Awards?
192
Computer Search ServicesThe Helpful and the Hype
193
Con You Take Your Scholarship on the Road?
194
The Waiting Game
197
The Review Process from the Inside
199

Coping with Class Rank
114
The Class Rank Controversy
115
Comparing Apples and Oranges
116
Getting Off to a Good Start
117
Senior Year Satisfaction
118
Pulling It All Together
119
A Call to Action on Class Rank
120
Testing Testing Testing
121
First a Word of Warning
122
Tests Grades and Course Selection
123
Chchchchanges
124
To Prep or not to Prep
125
A Trip Through Testing Territory
126
The SAT I and 11
127
The PLAN
128
Web Site Test Help
129
Getting Your Forms into Shape
131
But They Know Me Already Dont They?
132
Something in Common
133
Applying Online
134
Read It First
135
Neatness Counts
136
Explain Your Actions
137
CYA Cover Your Application
138
EsSay What?
139
Some Essay Guidelines
140
Noodle It Around Some More
141
Is There a Draft in Here?
142
Store in a Cool Dry Place
143
Putting on the Finishing Touches
144
Do Be Yourself
145
Do Give Yourself Plenty of Time
146
Take a Letter
147
Practice Makes Perfect
148
So What Else Is News?
151
The Few the Proud the Teachers
152
Who Knows Ya Baby?
153
Mr or Ms Congeniality
154
Recommendation Etiquette
155
Additional Recommendations
156
A Letter from a Church or Synagogue Leader
157
Whats a Family Friend For?
158
Famous Person Letter
159
The Untold Story
160
Moderation Is Fine Excellence Is Best
161
Dont Go Overboard
162
AttentionGetting Tactics
163
Money Matters
165
Determining Need
167
Figuring Out All the Factors
168
A Helping Hand from Uncle Sam
169
Contribution? From Moi?
170
Financial Aid Hints
171
A Little a Lot or the Whole Shebang
172
Meeting a Percentage of Demonstrated Need
173
Meeting a Particular Dollar Amount of Need
174
Figuring Your Family Resources
175
Student Resources
176
Whos Got What You Want?
179
The AntiMerit Argument
180
Reaching the Reasonable Middle Ground
181
Digging for Dollars on Campus
182
Are There Any Officers Among Us?
183
Workin the Web
185
Financial Aid Finesse
187
Sophomore Through Junior Years
188
Keeping the Faith
200
Eliminate the Negative
201
Putting It into Perspective
202
The Reader Review
203
Ways to While Away Your Waiting Period
204
Deja View All Over Again
207
One Last Visit
208
A WellPlanned Itinerary
209
Next Head over to Housing
210
Peek in on Areas of Particular Interest
211
Stepping Beyond the Campus Borders
212
Physically Challenged Students
213
Update Your Records
214
Decisions Decisions
215
Yes They Said Yes
216
Dealing with Denial
217
Appeal Efforts
218
Nobody Loves Me
219
Spreadin the News
220
Pumping It Up BAM to the Next Stage
221
Talk to OthersBut Listen to Yourself
222
Check It All Out
223
A Cornucopia of Further Considerations
224
Ending Your Senior Year with Style
226
The CollegeBound Bind
229
Curing Those Summertime Blues
231
Making This Summer Count
232
Getting Oriented
234
Checking Out the Extracurriculars
235
Summer Reading Anyone?
236
Dear Diary
239
Transition Tips
241
Cultivating the College Attitude
242
When Youre the First to Go to College
243
Sibling Sanity
244
When the Rest of the Kin Group Chimes In
245
Transition Tips
246
Find a Comfortable Place to Study
247
Highlight as You Read
248
Believe in Yourself
249
Pulling It All Together
250
Help I Hate It Here
251
Give It Time
252
Keep Up the Good Work
253
The Transfer Process
254
Consulting the Transfer Coordinator
255
Reason for Leaving
256
The Changing College Scene
259
Nontraditional Students
261
The Adult Student in the College Classroom
262
Time Is on Their Side Yet It Is
263
Jumping in the Deep End
265
Theyre Everywhere Theyre Everywhere
266
Future Shock
267
College Constants
268
The Growth of Grouping
269
Its a Small World After All
270
Moving at Your Own Pace
271
Taking It a Step at a Time
272
The Changing Face of College
273
Essential Internet Web Sites
275
An Overview of Dos and Donts
277
Authors Choice
281
The Totally Tidy Timetable
301
Index
307
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