CSU to Extend Fall 2019 Application Period to December 15

The California State University (CSU) is extending the priority application deadline for fall 2019 admission to December 15. All 23 campuses began accepting applications for admission to the fall 2019 term through the Cal State Apply website on October 1.

Studying in the Netherlands - December 4th Webinar

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:00:00 PM CST - 5:00:00 PM CST

Are you interested in finding out more about the different Bachelor programmes offered by Dutch research universities? Join this webinar which includes a general introduction about studying in the Netherlands, a presentation by each of the universities and a Q&A session. We look forward to meeting you online!

U.S. Financial Aid Basics

What makes one college more expensive than other? Consider more than tuition to figure out the cost of attendance at different institutions. The cost of attendance includes:
  Tuition & Fees   Room & Board   Books & Supplies   Personal Expenses + Transportation Cost of Attendance
Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the minimum amount colleges expect you and your family to pay for a year of college. Your EFC is recalculated yearly based on information from your annual aid application(s). 
There are two formulas used to calculate your EFC: the Federal Methodology and the Institutional Methodology. If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, you can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. federal government then uses the data in that form (the student and parent's income and assets, and factors such as the age of the oldest parent) to assess your EFC; colleges must use this EFC when awarding federal and state aid.
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Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Information Session on Nov 17

SCAD will be hosting an information session at the W hotel in Taipei on Nov. 17 (Saturday) at 2pm and would like to invite you and your interested students/ families to attend. In addition to a presentation about SCAD, students can also join in on an interactive animation workshop led by one our faculty members at SCAD HK. Leon Chen, an alumni, will also be giving a presentation on his student life and his insights about the art industry in Taiwan. Leon Chen is currently an art professor at one of the universities in Taiwan.

Portfolio consultation can be arranged to students upon request and admission staff will also be present to answer any questions of the student life, application process, and available scholarship opportunities.

If interested in attending, attendees can click on the link for registration.

Free webinar for families: Q&A with former Princeton admissions officer

AcceptU, will be hosting on November 14th for high school students and their families a free webinar. Stephen Friedfeld, co-founder of AcceptU and former admissions officer at Princeton and Cornell University, will be answering questions and providing insider information how admissions officers read applications.

Q&A With a Former Ivy League Admissions Officer
Wednesday, November 14
8pm - 9pm EST

Resources for Completing the CSS Profile

GuidedPath has a presentation on Answers on the College Board Financial Aid Application (The Profile) for International Parents as well as a FAQ on how to complete the application.

The CSS Profile is a form used by private institutions to determine financial need and sometimes to award merit scholarships. To complete the form, the student and parents will need information on their income and financial assets.

The Certification of Finances is a form that is required as part of the student visa process in the United States, and asks the student to demonstrate financial ability to cover the costs of studying in the U.S. This form is not used to determine financial need or eligibility for scholarships.

Tutorial on Completing the CSS Profile
Webinar for International Parents on the CSS Profile

What Matters in Admissions: Perspective from USC

John Marfield, Associate Director of Admission at USC, spoke to our students about the admissions process at USC on October 11. He noted that standardized test scores make up a very small part of the review process, and that he spends about 10 seconds to review the numbers. He reminded students that scores are viewed in the context of a range, so, for example, a score of 1500 and 1530 are essentially the same.

Per the College Board, "Score ranges show how much your score might change with repeated testing, assuming that your skill level remains the same. Usually, section scores for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and for Math fall in a range of roughly 30 to 40 points above or below your true ability. Colleges know this, and they receive the score ranges along with your scores to consider that single snapshot in context."

Much greater attention is spent on the essays written by the applicant. In this video, Mr. Marfield gives advice on writing college essays.