Deferred, What Are Your Options?

Dear Estelle. Do you have any suggestions for a student who was deferred from an Ivy but would like to do anything possible to be in the running for a … Continue reading

Ranking 529 Plans

Dear Estelle. We frequently read your columns and notice there hasn’t been a recent one on 529’s. We contribute the maximum each year to four grandkids but are not sure … Continue reading

Financial Aid Myths and Misinformation

Dear Estelle. The stress and anxiety of completing the college applications and their submissions has almost come to an end. Now we’re ready to discuss the issue of financial aid … Continue reading

Crafting an Excellent College Essay

Dear Estelle. I have just written my 15th college essay for a large midwestern university and can’t reduce it to the required 400 words. It’s almost 550 words and reads … Continue reading

How to Qualify for “Best Applicant” Status

Do you have a laundry list of suggestions you give to your clients so they qualify for “best applicant” status. We know that grades and test scores are most important … Continue reading

Career Opportunities for Fine Arts, Music, Theater Majors

Dear Estelle. Is there a job market for graduates of fine arts, writing, and performance majors? Many high school graduates are interested in creative careers focused on theater, music, or … Continue reading

University of California Application Revamped for 2016-17

Rising seniors planning to apply to any of the University of California schools next fall, should prepare for a new experience. The essays have been changed to “personal Insight questions” … Continue reading

Planning for College Early: The Upside

Dear Estelle. We have a serious, mostly all A’s, 10th grader who runs varsity track and attends Interlochen Music Camp every summer. Her older brother, a college sophomore, counsels her … Continue reading

Extracurriculars and Community Service That Count

Dear Estelle. Which is more important for an aspiring college applicant, a well-rounded person who is involved with many extracurriculars and a lot of community service or a student who … Continue reading

High School Juniors, Time to Prep for College

Dear Estelle. You can just feel the excitement and tension around the high school as the juniors start gearing up for college. Until now all was pretty calm and quiet … Continue reading