April showers may bring May flowers but for high school seniors college decisions are ready for the picking right now. This issue focuses on the ins and outs of the financial aid letter. Valuable tips for the college admission process in the areas of interviews and pitfalls to avoid through Facebook are included.

My featured resource for this issue is an exciting milestone in helping educate families earlier in the college process. The College Smart Primer series is designed provide initial traction at critical times of the year.

Check out the kick-off issue "College Preparation for High School Sophomores and Juniors" at:


Know other parents of high school underclassmen? I appreciate you letting them know about this helpful and timely College Smart Primer. Written for students to engage on specific steps forward as well.

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All the best in your college decisions and important planning steps.

Dennis Raup

CAPlus News - April/May 2011

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Spring is officially here, <>, but don't start getting Spring Fever just yet! Though the end is in sight, keep working to keep your grades up. Getting good grades will save you money in the long run.

High school seniors, don't commit to any college until you've received all your financial award letters. Compare all your letters to see which college is giving you the best deal. College students should be getting ideas for summer jobs. Working in your field of study will give you experience and connections after graduation.

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

What is College Really Costing You?

Your financial aid award letter will include what "aid" you're getting, but which numbers are really important?

Do Scholarships Really Pay for College?

The cruel fact is that scholarships only pay for about 3% of the total cost of college...

Can Facebook Affect Your Admission Chances?

Learn what could raise a red flag to college administrators on your Facebook page.

Top Five College Interview Techniques

What should you remember as you interview at your number one college?

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What Clients Are Saying

“…without your involvement, we never would have thought to approach the college directly…. We got the documentation together to obtain residency, created letters to send and were granted residency which translated to $20,000 in savings.

THEN we went back and said, 'don’t take away her out-of-state scholarship just because she is now a resident' and got OSU to maintain the $7,000 scholarship".

"We would like to express our appreciation for the service that our daughter received.

She is our first child to go through the college application process, and it was very intimidating for our whole family. You were able to create a clear, understandable path for our daughter.

As a result of all of this hard work, our daughter was offered three presidential scholarships at various colleges, including a full tuition scholarship to a private college.

Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you on our son's upcoming college search."

"HWS presented an above average financial aid award, however, it included some work study. With your guidance, I went back and asked that the work study be converted to either grant or scholarship to relieve the financial burden while allowing my daughter to focus on academics.

They came back with the conversion AND continued to keep her eligible for an equal amount of money through work study."