Monday, November 16, 2015

College Planning and the Class of 2017

The class of 2017 should be aware of the following changes regarding college planning:

  1. TESTING: The new SAT will be administered beginning in March 2016.  Khan Academy provides free test prep ( Additional information about the New SAT is available here:

  1. ADMISSIONS: The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success ( announced a plan to reverse a process by which colleges have, largely through the Common Application, made their applications increasingly similar. Eighty colleges ( are creating a platform for new online portfolios for high school students. The idea is to encourage ninth graders begin thinking more deeply about what they are learning or accomplishing in high school, to create new ways for college admissions officers, community organizations and others to coach them, and to help them emerge in their senior years with a body of work that can be used to help identify appropriate colleges and apply to them. Organizers of the new effort hope it will minimize some of the disadvantages faced by high school students without access to well-staffed guidance offices or private counselors. Rutgers, one of our most popular schools, is part of the Coalition. (I condensed some of this wording from here:

  1. FINANCIAL AID: The Obama Administration announced that changes will be coming to the FAFSA as of next year. One change, deemed Prior-Prior, will allow families to report tax information from two years ago. This will also allow students and their families to fill out the FAFSA form earlier than ever before (the FAFSA will be available in October, as opposed to January of the student’s senior year) in hopes to have their financial aid packages before making college decisions.

Student Athletes and the NEW SAT

Tisch Summer High School Program in Game Design

Games hold the power to educate, entertain, and move us.

New York University Tisch School of the Arts will be offering an exciting program in Game Design for high school sophomores and juniors through the Tisch Summer 2016 High School Program.

The intensive program offered through the NYU Game Center teaches students the creative and technical skills of digital game development. Students take three classes: Game Literacy, Game Design Workshop, and Game Development Workshop. With a hands-on approach to teaching, the workshop covers the various skills and disciplines that are brought together in modern game development: game design, programming, visual art, animation, sound design, and writing.

At the end of the four-week residential program, students will have six college credits and the overall skills of project management and creative collaboration that are crucial for successful game development.

Prior experience in the arts is not required. Students must submit the program application no later than January 13, 2016. A limited number of full, need-based scholarships are also available. The scholarship application and all supporting materials are also due January 13. Please visit our website for full admissions details.

Additional areas of professional training in the Tisch Summer High School Program include Drama, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Photography and Imaging, and Recorded Music.

Questions regarding the program, admissions requirements, or scholarships should be directed to the Tisch Office of Special Programs at 212-998-1500 or

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Scholarship Guide for Busy Parents

I came by this information when I was listening to a podcast on financial aid (which I recommend highly:

I was impressed enough to follow the link to and found not only some informative podcasts, but a link to scholarship information for busy parents. (Full disclosure: I only listened to the introduction and did not yet order the free videos. I was just that impressed with Brad Baldridge.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015