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Francesca Fulciniti

Francesca graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and scored in the 99th percentile on the SATs. She's worked with many students on SAT prep and college counseling, and loves helping students capitalize on their strengths.

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Pell Grant Eligibility and Requirements: Do You Qualify?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 29, 2018 11:13:00 PM

Financial Aid

Pell Grants are awarded by the federal government to help students pay for college or vocational school. Figuring out whether you're eligible can be confusing; this post will guide you through all the eligibility requirements you should know about if you want to apply for a federal Pell Grant. 

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The 18 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 2, 2018 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Figuring out which colleges you’re interested in is arguably the most difficult part of the college application process. There’s so much information to sift through - how could brief visits and informational brochures really tell you about where you’ll be most successful?

This process is even harder for students with learning disabilities. You want to make sure that there are programs in place to help you be the best you can be no matter where you go to college. If you want to apply to colleges for students with learning disabilities, this list is a great place to start your college search. I'll start off by talking about what these specialty programs have to offer before getting to the actual rankings - then, I'll discuss next steps if you decide a learning disability program is right for you. 

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10 Best Interior Design Schools in the US

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 4, 2018 4:00:00 PM

College Info

An education in interior design is getting more and more important for aspiring professionals in the field. In many states, you can’t call yourself an interior designer unless you have a license or a certain level of education.

If you’re thinking about becoming an interior designer, you’ll want to know about the best interior design schools you can attend in the US. Whether you want to work on residential or commercial design, the following programs will prepare you well for your future career as an interior designerBefore getting to the rankings list, I’ll briefly go over what makes interior design programs unique. 

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17 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 3, 2018 4:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’re interested in attending a fine arts college, your college search may be trickier than the average student's. It’s relatively simple to compare standard undergraduate degree programs, but fine arts schools can be so different: they have different specialties, different facilities, and different curricula. How do you know which fine arts colleges are the best, and how do you know which ones would be good fits?

I’ve taken the first step for you by compiling a list of some of the top fine arts colleges and bachelor's programs in the country. Each one offers something a little different, making this ranking list a bit more unique (and a bit more interesting) than your average college ranking list. Because it’s difficult and perhaps unhelpful to give these schools a definite ranking on this list, I’ve separated them into school type. I’ve also prepared some strategies for figuring which schools best meet your own personal needs.

But before all that, I’ll answer a more basic question: what is a fine arts college, exactly?

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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test. After all, how else are you supposed to measure your progress and set goals?

The SAT underwent some big format changes in 2016, which means that the scoring system most people were familiar with was radically overhauled. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed on the SAT, how this has affected the highest possible SAT score, and what this means for test takers.

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19 Top Scholarships for High School Seniors

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

Aside from grants and loans, private scholarships are some of the best ways to help fund your college education. There are thousands of scholarships out there for high school seniors, all with different eligibility requirements, deadlines, and award amounts, so it would be worth your time to do your own research.

Senior year is prime crunch time when it comes to your college scholarship search. If you’re just starting the search process and need a little help getting off on the right foot, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best college scholarships for high school seniors based on availability and award amounts. These scholarships are generally flexible (you’ll be able to use them at any accredited college you choose to attend), and they don’t have any geographical restrictions (so you’re eligible to apply no matter where you live in the US).

The list is broken down into lists of scholarship competitions, merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, and specialty awards. Check out the end of the post for strategies on getting the most scholarship money possible!

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The 5 Steps to Becoming a Lawyer: Complete Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 1, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Law is one of the toughest trades to break into - there’s a lot of competition out there, and there’s a lot at stake (law school isn’t exactly cheap). If you’re interested in entering the legal profession, you should be well-informed about everything it takes to become a lawyer.

Here, I’ll go through all the steps of how to become a lawyer. Before I jump into that, however, I’ll begin by touching briefly on what the job market looks like for lawyers both now and in the future.

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How to Win a Walmart Scholarship: Strategy Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jan 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

You probably didn't know that Walmart offers a couple of scholarship opportunities for employees and their dependents. These scholarships are meant to cover college or vocational school expenses for those with financial need.

In this guide, I'll start by talking about eligibility requirements and the application process. If you're already familiar with this information, skip to the second half of this post—this is where I'll give tips and strategies for increasing your chances of winning a Walmart scholarship. 

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The Best Scholarships for Juniors in High School

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jan 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

Many students think that they should start looking at college scholarships once they actually start applying to college—so, sometime early on in their senior year. Although it’s true that many big-name scholarships require applicants to be high school seniors, there are some great awards out there for younger students as well.

So why not get a head start in applying for scholarship awards? You could win money for college, sure, but you’ll also get experience in the scholarship application process before submitting even more applications your senior year.

I’ve compiled a list of scholarships for high school juniors. This list will be a great place to start, but you might also want to search for more targeted awards (e.g., by geographic area). You can browse the scholarships below based on whether they're competitions or merit-based scholarships. Read to the end for tips and strategies on getting the most scholarship money possible!

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How to Win a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jan 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

If you’re a high school senior of Hispanic or Latino heritage, you should definitely learn more about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. There are over 150 types of scholarships available through this program, so there’s a lot to learn.

When you submit an HSF award scholarship, you’re actually submitting yourself for consideration for many different awards (much like when you submit a FAFSA). I’ll talk about all the details you’ll need to take into consideration before submitting your own application for Hispanic scholarships. Then, I’ll focus on application strategies for current high school seniors.

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Florida Bright Futures Requirements: SAT, ACT, GPA, and More

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Dec 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship programs are awesome education funding options for Florida state residents - if you can get through the application process, that is. The scholarships offered are particularly nitpicky and tedious about their eligibility requirements: the official handbook outlining these criteria is its own 14-page book chapter. Not to worry! I’ve outlined all the eligibility criteria for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships (general and specific, for each scholarship, with every single exception or special circumstance) in a way that’s a bit easier to get through. 

I’ve also included information about when to expect notification about your eligibility. Once you’re considered eligible, you’re one (big) step closer to winning a Bright Futures Scholarship. After you’ve processed all this information, I’ll get to the good stuff - how to increase your chances of winning your own Bright Futures award. 

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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’ve already taken the SAT, you know it will likely be an important component of your college applications. Maybe you've set a goal score for yourself based on the types of colleges you’re interested in. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT yet or are still considering whether to take it, you probably want to know more about what the most competitive colleges and universities expect when it comes to applicants’ standardized test scores.

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average SAT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own SAT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean so that you can interpret this information effectively. For example, are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What do you do if your SAT scores are below the listed averages? 

Read on for a list of the top schools ranked by SAT score, and answers to the above questions!

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The 29 Colleges With the Best Financial Aid

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

College in the US is expensive—too expensive, in fact, for the average student to afford on their own. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 86% of first-year students at 4-year colleges were receiving some financial aid as of a couple of years ago. Financial aid is good in all its forms, right? If it helps college students afford their educations, what could be the problem?

Unfortunately, not all financial aid is created equal, and not all schools can afford to give out “good” student aid. Here, I’ll briefly talk about the types of financial aid available (the “good” kinds and the “bad” kinds) before laying out the colleges with the best financial aid programs in the country.

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The 34 Colleges With the Highest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

College Info

Did you know that the ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges? And that more students now end up taking the ACT than the SATWith the test growing more and more popular each year, it’s smart to get a handle on what schools are toughest when it comes to applicants’ ACT scores

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average ACT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own ACT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean: are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What if your ACT scores are below the listed averages?

Read on to find out the answers to these questions (and more)!

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The 11 Best Pre-Med Schools to Help You Become a Doctor

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

College Info

Choosing an undergraduate school is the first major step any student will make on the path to becoming a physician. If you’re an aspiring pre-med, you should set yourself with the best opportunities and support networks in college and beyond - applying to (and succeeding in) medical school is a grueling process, and you’ll want to be prepared.

Here, I’ll talk about what actually makes a school good for pre-meds before getting into the good stuff: the list of best pre-med schools.

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