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How to Maximize College Campus Visits with Free Tools from Sallie Mae

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Disclosure: Please note that College Prep Ready was compensated by Sallie Mae for the content in this post.

You can read about colleges online or talk to representatives at college fairs, but there is no comparison to actually visiting college campuses. Making college visits is very important in preparing for college because you need to see what people, programs, and services that are available to you if you decided to attend that particular college in addition to engaging in experiences that can’t be captured on a pamphlet, brochure, or website such as talking to other students and getting an overall feel for the campus.

My best tip to help you maximize college campus visits is to take time to reach out to campus resources that will help you academically, personally, and professionally. For example, you may want to consider stopping by the following offices:

Financial Aid (ask about scholarships and other available funding if you need additional funds)

Health Services (inquire about available psychological services, process for being seen by physician, etc)

Student Activities (ask about what groups are available for your desired major and career)

Academic Assistance (ask about tutoring programs and any available help for your desired major)

Career Services (ask about internships, career fairs, resume development, and ways to develop your networking skills)

Recently, Sallie Mae shared additional tips on how to make the most of your campus visit. Check out these tips by clicking here.

As promised, here are some free tools from Sallie Mae to help you prepare for college including visiting college campuses. Start using them right away!

College Planning Toolbox

Scholarship Search

College Planning Calculator

College Ahead Mobile App

Future Savings Calculator

Do you have questions about making the most of your campus visits? Sallie Mae will be joining me Tuesday, August 18, 2015 for #CollegeChat, a question and answer session on Twitter, to talk about even more ways to make the most of your college visit. Click here to join us for #CollegeChat!

If you know students or families preparing for college who need scholarships, share these tips and strategies!

About the author

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist who is passionate about teaching stressed and overwhelmed corporate moms how to pay less for their college bound child’s college education so that they can help their children to get into their best-fit college with ease. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now and The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now: Nursing Edition.

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