The New Year is in full swing with college breaks soon ending and college decisions pending for many high school seniors. This issue features insightful articles on both.

With this first 2011 newsletter I am excited to feature resources from my new web site as well. This issue highlights a valuable article, The Five Key Decisions to Take NOW for HS Upperclassmen. Visit my Articles Directory for other helpful topics important to you.

For those families in college prep mode here are two great ways to learn more on planning and paying for college:

All the very best in 2011!

Dennis Raup

p.s. Thanks for taking the time to confirm your interest to continue to receive this newsletter from my new web hosting service. Look for and visit us often at www.college-smart-scholarshps.com . New content and features are being added weekly to better serve families in their college journey.


CAPlus News - February/March 2011

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The holiday season is over, and the spring semester is in full swing, *|FNAME|*! It's time to file or re-file your FAFSA if you haven't yet. Don't wait until the deadline!

High school students should take or re-take the SATs and ACTs if you haven't yet. Keep all acceptance letters and make your final decision after you've looked at all financial aid packages. College students should start thinking about job possibilities for the summer, and talk to people who might be able to help you network.

Check out some of our articles that will help you and your family make smart college decisions.

Before You File Your FAFSA

It's time to file your FAFSA! But before you get started, make sure you'll have everything that you will need.

5 Common Myths About the FAFSA

Don't make the mistakes that many parents and guidance counselors make on the FAFSA!

Interpreting Your Financial Aid Letter

Don't be confused by your financial aid letters. Learn more decoding your financial package here.

8 Great Study Tips for Students

Studying for exams can be tedious, but you can learn to make the most out of your study time by following these tips!

Find a standardized test

SAT: Mar 12 (Register by Feb 11)
sat.collegeboard.com
ACT: Apr 9 (Register by Mar 4)

www.actstudent.org

Find a college workshop

We hold free workshops around the country to help you learn some of the things you don't know about college. Find a workshop near you.

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www.collegeassistanceplus.com


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