Articles

All columns originally published in the Minneapolis suburban Sun newspapers.

College Possible Assists Low-Income Students

Paying for college is challenging for most families. For students raised in low-income households, qualifying for admission to college can be even tougher. Historically, attending college has been beyond the reach of most economically disadvantaged students. College Possible, a nonprofit founded 16 years ago in...

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Long Odds Await Waitlisted Students

Many high school seniors at this time of year find themselves on university wait lists, having neither been accepted nor rejected by the institutions to which they’ve applied. While landing a spot on a prestigious university’s wait list offers the hope of admission, the odds of...

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Internships Key to Landing First Job

Late last spring, our twenty-year-old son Miles excitedly told his mother and me that he had been accepted for a summer internship at Community Works Carolina, a non-profit financial institution in Greenville, South Carolina, where he majors in economics at Furman University. How much would this...

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Study Abroad May Have Foreign Consequences

My wife was aghast when she read the letter from the University of St. Thomas. Our son, it said, was about to lose his scholarship. That would mean $16,700 down the drain. We knew that the young man was immensely enjoying his junior year abroad...

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How to Select a School After Multiple Acceptances

Like many good students, you’ve received favorable responses from a handful of colleges, all of which you can see yourself attending. Having several options to choose from is a nice problem to have, but narrowing the choice down to one may not be easy. How...

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Junior Colleges Offer Another Athletic Chance

These college athletes play football before crowds smaller than those they saw in high school. Their low-budget operations offer no athletic scholarships and they travel by bus. Hardly anyone knows their names. One team in Arizona even calls itself the Fighting Artichokes. Yet, as the...

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FAFSA Application Worth the Effort

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, has become the most important tool families can use to make college more affordable. Unfortunately, because of its complexity, the FAFSA has also caused untold numbers of families to wring their hands in...

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Approaching the Dreaded Application Essay

Not all college applications are created equal. Some are really scary – and not just around Halloween. For many high school seniors, the college essay is a real bugaboo, a requirement that turns many otherwise diligent students into nervous procrastinators. My daughter Clara, an Edina High...

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