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

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CAPlus News - December 2010/January 2011

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It's tempting to take it easy and coast through school during the colder winter season, but to maximize your financial aid, it's important to keep working hard to maintain high grades.

High school students should verify that guidance counselors have sent out all college application information; you may also want to check with the college to ensure that they received your materials. College students should remember to file the renewal FAFSA in January to get the maximum amount of financial aid.

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

5 Things to do on Upcoming College Breaks

Holiday breaks can be the highlight of a student's year. Here are 5 things to think about before your breaks begin.

Should You Apply to Reach Colleges?

Think about the logic and practicality of applying to a college that you would consider a "stretch."

The Real Cost of Pizza

Learn some of the things you didn't know about student loans, like why it might take you 30 years to pay off a pizza.

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If you like us, Like us! We post helpful information on Facebook, and we're only a comment away if you have a financial aid question.

Find a standardized test

SAT: Jan 22 (Register by Dec 23)
ACT: Feb 12 (Register by Jan 7)

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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