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Where should you be in your boarding school financial aid application by mid-December?

As we’re just about three weeks out from the predominate January 10, or thereabout, financial aid application deadlines, this is a great to time to take stock of where you stand in the financial aid application process and look at what you need to get done in these last few weeks. I’m going to assume […]

Your December Boarding School Admission Application Checklist

Before going any further, I have to say that the single biggest issue over the years around the traditional January 10 (or thereabouts) admission and financial aid application deadlines that I’ve seen repeated is leaving too much to finish until right before submitting your applications. Invariably, trying to close too quickly creates problems. As I […]

Think About Your School: #GivingTuesday 11/29/2016

Today is great day to think about giving back to your school. I received my Giving Tuesday reminder from my alma mater (Trinity-Pawling) this morning. At many schools, the annual fund plays a large role in budgeting- making everything from activities, and special events, to financial aid possible. If you’re a parent, or alumnus, you […]

Start Now! Fall 2017 Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines About 90 Days Away

The traditional admission calendar/process is on the clock. It seems like school just started. But, the admission and financial aid application deadlines for fall 2017 are just over 90 days away. If you’re a family applying to boarding school for fall of 2017, it’s time to start your admission process. It’s all about school fit- […]

When do you tell schools you will not be accepting their admission offer?

Just a few days ago, we received this comment below our 12 Essential Tips for Students Accepted at a Private School article: My son just got accepted into a private school and we just called them to say that he’ll take the spot that was offered to him. However, I didn’t realize that we should […]

Have You Found Yourself Without A Private School Acceptance? Here’s What You Should Do!

Admission decision day doesn’t always yield exactly what every student and family hoped for. If you’ve found yourself without a private school acceptance, you need to assess what happened; perhaps you overreached, or didn’t understand a piece of the private school admission process? I suggest you begin rebuilding your private school admission process and its foundation, […]

Variable Private School Tuition Is Arriving (at a few schools)

Variable Tuition is arriving in the private school marketplace. Tuitions require a significant family investment and schools recognize that it benefits them to make their seats accessible to families who may not be able to afford full tuition. Consultant Rick Newberry recently published, “Is Variable Tuition Right for Your School?” on his blog at Enrollment […]

Bridging the Gap: Inside Bridgton Academy’s postgraduate documentary project

A few weeks back, I introduced Bridgton Academy’s documentary project Bridging The Gap, in which Bridgton and the Wilkins family work to show how a family comes to choose a postgraduate high school experience for their son; how the experience works; and, what the postgraduate experience will mean to Cam in the long run. I […]

How to Find and Apply to a Boarding School: Top resources for families!

Updated: 1/5/2016 Helping families navigate the boarding school admission and financial aid processes is our raison d’être. We want every student and family to find the school that best fitting school. Each year, we work to stay abreast of changes in the processes; the ways that families come to the processes; and the questions you’ll […]

Five Things Families Should Know About the 2015-2016 Boarding School Admission Process: Advice from Two Admission Directors

Advice on the boarding school admission process from two admission directors.

Documenting the PG Year through A Family’s Lens

Bridgton Academy and the Wilkins family will document Cam’s Bridgton postgraduate experience from school search to college matriculation

Does Your School Raise Money to Support Financial Aid?

Post financial crisis, and in the face of continuing tuition increases, does your school raise money to support financial aid? I’m interested in looking at this question with an article. In my younger days, when I worked exclusively on the school side of the admission and fundraising worlds, I asked our development and admission directors: […]

Making Your Final Boarding School Decision 2015

Many readers have been weighing their boarding school acceptances for the past few weeks. Which boarding school will be best for me? Which boarding school best fits our student? This post helps you to answer these questions.

$500,000 to Hargrave Military from the Jennie Noell Wilmarth Estate

The Jennie Noell Wilmarth Estate donated $500,000 to Hargrave Military Academy on February 12, 2015. Two of Wilmarth’s grandsons are Hargrave alumni LT Oliver M. Salman ‘09 and Randall B. Orwick ‘06. Ms. Wilmarth’s daughter, Mrs. Fran Salman — mother of LT Oliver M. Salman — presented the gift. “Hargrave extends its most sincere and […]

Families Believe in the Private School Financial Aid Process

Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School Information Services, SSS by NAIS published an interesting piece last week – More Families Receiving Larger Financial Aid Packages to Afford Private School – highlighting results from studies about how families are feeling, and thinking, about their private school financial aid awards and their financial aid processes. While Mark’s intended […]

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