The College Board exams are the PSAT/NMSQT, the SAT, the ACT and COMPASS. Each test serves a different purpose. Colleges on the east coast of the U.S. prefer SAT scores over ACT scores. COMPASS is used by many community and junior colleges. The big question for homeschoolers is, “which test should my child take?” A clear-cut answer does not exist. It depends on your child, his interests, his academic strengths, and if he plans to attend college.
If you live close enough to your school to commute there from home you can save a lot of money. Living costs can be a major portion of Merit Scholarship college expense.
Enroll in a 529 tax deferment plan. The student may be able to shop at certain stores and use their coupons to save money. A percentage of the money will go into a college savings account.
It astounds me how clueless high school seniors are when it comes to how to pay for college education. In January, when I start asking about college and Scholarship plans, they many of them have made no plans or inquiries. It might be because they are used to mom and dad taking care of everything. It may be because they procrastinate, but regardless of the reason, and regardless of mom and dad’s best intentions, you may really need to take this issue into your own hands.
Focus on math and verbal abilities. Good math, verbal, and writing scores are the things scholarships are made of. Your child does not need to be a genius in both, but they should demonstrate exceptional skills in one, and above average abilities in the other. Consider investing in a tutor, if necessary, to make sure your college bound student has a good grasp of math and can read and write well.
And keep in mind that Mardi Gras is a season, not just one day. There are literally weeks of parades, parties, and balls. Carnival krewes will toss beads and doubloons at you, and you’ll love it. And there’s King Cake with a little plastic baby Jesus baked into its sugary folds. You’ll have to be careful not to choke.
There has never been a more opportune time for moms to return to college. Take advantage of the government scholarships for moms today. You will be glad you did.