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October 2016
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5 Tips for Preparing Early Action and Early Decision Applications
The November 1 deadline for Early Decision and Early Action applications is just days away, with the November 15 deadline arriving soon. Keep these 5 tips in mind for successfully completing your applications:

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1) If you are submitting an Early Decision application, please remember that the applicant, a parent and a school counselor must submit Early Decision Agreements in order for the application to be considered complete.

2) Don't forget to order standardized test score reports from the College Board for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and  AP exams and for the ACT. These score reports should be sent directly to your colleges.

3) If you are applying for financial aid, please complete all necessary application materials by the Early Decision and Early Action deadlines determined by the financial aid office(s). Families should contact their colleges with any questions about policies, deadlines, etc.

4) If you attended or are currently enrolled in classes at an institution other than your high school (community college, online high school, etc.), please request that the transcript for the class taken outside of your high school be sent to your colleges.

5) Carefully proofread all essays and applications. Please note the online resource recommended in this month's Website Pick of the Month, which is especially valuable for editing essays.
Fall College Admission and
Financial Aid Events

Calling all artists! The Boston National Portfolio Day is hosted by the National Portfolio Day Association
(NPDA), which includes representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities. These institutions are also members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public and do not require pre-registration. Visit this website for the 2016-2017 schedule. The Boston event will be held on November 5
MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) is offering free seminars and webinars covering a variety of financial aid topics. To learn more, please visit this website.


Please check out P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.
News for High School Families


P&A keeps students, parents and educators up-to-date about important news regarding college admission, financial aid and other topics of interest for high school families. Here are some of the recent articles featured in our social media in October:

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The fall is a busy time for college essay writing, and double-checking grammar should always be a priority before submitting applications. is a free online grammar guide that can benefit students through all stages of the writing process. Whether you are editing a college essay or revising an English paper, consider your go-to resource for all grammar questions.  
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