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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...

December 23, 2021

...To Search And Apply For College Scholarships!

While the best time to begin to look for college scholarships was yesterday, the second best time is right now.

Sooooooo, to get you started, here's a short list of scholarship search engines. Sign up. Complete all profiles. Search. And apply, apply, APPLY!

Keep in mind that most scholarships are little more than sweepstakes and contests (all legit on these sites), and take little more effort than completing a simple form. Sure, you can (and should) go for the big money where you qualify. But remember, $500 here and $100 there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money!

There's tons of FREE money out there. Go out and get some for yourself.

Yes, as with anything else worth doing, the process takes a bit of effort and lots of time. And no, I can't guarantee that you'll score enough in scholarships to pay for four years of tuition, room, and board. But I can guarantee that, if you don't apply, you won't get one red cent. As the old saying goes, "You gotta be in it to win it!"

Best of luck in your scholarship search.

Seth Bykofsky
The College Whisperer


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What High School Juniors (and even Sophs) Should Be Doing Now

December 21, 2021
At COLLEGE CONNECTION, we help you navigate the college application, admissions, and financial aid maze. We welcome the opportunity to work with you, should you choose to use our College Planning & Counseling Services.
Meanwhile, you can get a jump start on those college plans.

It's not too early to start planning and preparing for college. In fact, the time is just right...

READ, High School Juniors, This Is Your Moment!

Questions? Concerns? Leftover Mallomars? Give a holler. We are always here to help. 


College Connection Nominated As Best College Advisor

October 14, 2021

Who knew? Well, we surmise our clients gave us away. More than a quarter of a century helping students, and their parents, successfully navigate the college application, admissions, and financial aid mazes. So thank you, one and all! [PLEASE CLICK ON LOGO ABOVE TO VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN! :-)]

As for those who have yet to wade into the treacherous waters that are the college admissions game... Whether you're planning for college, applying to college, paying for college, or just thinking about college, COLLEGE CONNECTION, home of The College Whisperer ™, is here to help.

Give us a call at 516-345-8766 for a FREE telephone consultation. And let's get started down that long and winding road (oh, the mixed metaphors :-) to college!



Today, Long Island. Tomorrow, The World!

August 11, 2021

For the 7th Consecutive year, College Connection, Long Island's premier college planning and counseling service, has been voted BEST in the category of COLLEGE PLANNING & COUNSELING by readers of Blank Slate Media's publications in Nassau County, NY. 

Check out all categories at BEST OF NASSAU COUNTY for complete list of First Place winners.

Of course, as we always say about those BESTS -- whether colleges, pizza, bagels, or running shoes -- BEST FOR WHOM?

Well, in this instance, whether you're applying to college, planning for college, paying for college, or just thinking about college, COLLEGE CONNECTION has your back, and your best moves forward.

But please, don't just take our word for it. See what our clients have to say. [Click HERE for testimonials.]

Call us today at 516-345-8766 for a FREE telephone consultation. Check out our new virtual Plans and reasonable rates, designed to successfully guide you through the college application, admissions, and financial aid mazes without stress on your psyche or strain on your wallet.

Thank you for the accolades, your votes, and your recognition, as we continue to strive to be the very best in college planning and counseling for our most important clients - YOU!



January 28, 2021
Yes, you can (and should) take virtual tours of colleges when you can't otherwise visit campus in person. They're fun. They're informative. And you don't even have to get out of your pajamas (not that you were planning on doing that, anyway).

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Only The Best!

September 1, 2020


And while that and $2.75 may only get us on the NYC subway (maybe), it will get you the very best in comprehensive college planning, counseling & support.

College Matching | Admission Strategies

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May 6, 2020


Many colleges have changed or are in the process of changing their testing requirements for students entering in the Fall of 2021. Some are waiving ACT/SAT tests entirely, while others are "Test-Optional" or "Test-Flexible." 

You should check the websites (typically under Admissions/Prospective Students) of respective colleges of interest for specific testing requirements.

While not necessarily the gospel, here is a link to colleges that are "Test-Optional" for Fall 2021 admissions. Again, the situation being fluid and subject to change, always check college websites for latest information regarding testing and admissions. [Current as of May 4.]

Please pay close attention to the particulars. There are sometimes waivers for minimum GPA or class rank, and some schools that are "Test-Optional" or "Test-Flexible" still require testing for specific programs and/or course placement.

In any event, now is a good time to explore all options as you move forward in the application process, such as it is or as it may evolve. Simply putting this out there for those who may have schools on their college lists that, at this time, still require the ACT/SAT for Fall 2021 admission, so that you may plan accordingly. [Assuming there will be ACT/SAT tests in the Summer and/or Fall of this year. Stay tuned...]

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are always here to help!

Stay safe. smart. Keep calm.


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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update From College Connection 

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With the extension of social distancing Guidelines through the end on April, College Connection, home of The College Whisperer, is continuing to pause in-person college planning and counseling sessions. The free College Planning Workshop, scheduled to take place on April 20 in Garden City, has been postponed.

It is our hope that, as the impact of the Corona Virus is mitigated, we will be able to resume such in-person meetings in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile, we are offering online college planning and counseling sessions via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and, for the truly adventurous, Smoke Signal (Smoke Signal rates may apply :-). If you would like to schedule a virtual session, from wherever you may be, please let us know. You can reach us at 516-345-8766, or by email at We will also continue to work with students and parents by all available electronic means, including email and telephone conferences, and will be posting critical information concerning the application process, college admissions, and financial aid options on our website at and via Twitter @GetCollege.

Students and parents may also obtain a free copy of our essential Guide, geared toward high school juniors, Applying To College In The Time Of The Corona Virus. Simply email us at

Anxious? Overwhelmed? We are extending our offer of FREE telephone consultations to assist both students and parents, with a view toward helping calm the waters and steady the course during these difficult times. Call us today at 516-345-8766!

Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. At College Connection, we've got your back. And your best moves forward!

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Applying To College In The Age Of The Corona Virus

March 19, 2020

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Here at
College Connection, we’re hunkering down, ready to offer some sage advice for high school students as they march forward - socially distanced, of course - on their journey to college.

First and foremost, of course, would be to STAY HOME. Help to flatten the curve of the Corona Virus, not only to keep yourself healthy, but to avoid infecting others, particularly the most vulnerable. Socialize online (teens are experts at that) rather than in the schoolyard, at friends' homes, or in the local park. 

With respect to school work, keep up with it. Most school districts will have various aspects of e-learning in place. You are not on Spring Break or summer vacation. DO NOT SLACK OFF. 

For high school seniors already accepted to college, proceed, within the realm of what can be done without visiting campus, as if classes will, in fact, begin in September. Make your college decision. Pay your deposit. Visit your college web portal to complete college-specific requirements. Keep (start?) searching and applying for college scholarships via search engines such as Submit the FAFSA (if you haven't already done so). Stay in touch with your high school guidance counselor to make sure all college-ready essentials are taken care of in a timely manner. READ YOUR EMAILS. That's how colleges are most likely to contact you.

For high school juniors, who would now or soon be starting the college application and admissions process in earnest, the good news is that almost everything you have to do at this point can be done online.

That said, here's a "To Do" list of sorts (batteries sold separately :-) to keep high school juniors (and even Sophs and Freshmen, when it comes to searching and applying for scholarships) engaged and on track:

- Create a new Gmail email address, to be used exclusively for everything college. 

- Write all of your logins in a Composition notebook (if you are environmentally friendly, use a decomposition notebook :-) Naviance, Common App, College Board, colleges, scholarship search engines, all have logins. Don't trust them to memory, your laptop, or cell phone, let alone to the Cloud.

- Don't sweat missing the ACT and/or SAT. Many colleges no longer require these tests. Over 800 are already Test-Optional. Most are likely to test requirements given the current situation. Students may be able to take AP exams online from home. Check with your Guidance office.

- Naviance (for those high schools that use it) - (a) Build that Resume (in the About Me section). Every activity, in school and out; every award, honor, citation, and pat on the back; basically, anything you have done during waking hours from the 9th grade on. [Include planned senior year activities as well, even though we are still in the junior year.] (b) Add prospective colleges to Colleges I'm Thinking About under the Colleges tab as you begin to build your college list.

- College Search - Search for and refine your college preferences at Create an account. Plug in as much info as possible about your interests (academic and otherwise), college characteristics (size, location, housing, etc.), and a list of colleges that would be a good fit, based on the criteria you enter, will be presented. [You may also click on the What Are My Chances tab to get a sense (not etched in stone but better than the Magic 8 Ball) of whether you are on target for any particular school based on prior years' admissions.] Also check out and The Big Future, for guidance in honing in on your college choices as well as available majors.

- Common App - (a) Create an account at Common App at (using your new Gmail email). (b) Begin to work on the Common App main sections.  (c) Add colleges you are interested in via the College Search tool. (d) View My Colleges for each college for deadlines and admissions criteria.  (e) Work on sections under the Common App tab (Profile, Family, Education, etc.). (f) Check out and answer Supplemental Questions for individual colleges as added to Common App under the My Colleges tab. (g) Take a look at, but do NOT work on, Writing Supplements (for colleges that have same), at this time. NOTE: Common App goes "Live" for 2020-21 on August 1. Your info and data will rollover. You may then work on college-specific Writing Supplements, if any.

- Colleges NOT on Common App - 
Visit college websites (typically under Admissions or Prospective Students) to access proprietary applications and/or to ascertain where applications may be found (i.e., Coalition For College). Create accounts. Begin to work on general application profiles only after same become available for Fall 2021 admission, typically after August 1.

- Demonstrate interest. (a) Request information from colleges you are or may be interested in via the college websites, and like/follow colleges on social media. (b) In the fall, sign up and attend information sessions for colleges that visit your high school. [Calendar of college visits, as well as sign up, are typically found on Naviance.]

- Scholarships - Register, complete Student and Parent Profiles, and begin to search for scholarships on Watch for and read emails, and apply, apply, APPLY! There are literally thousands of scholarship opportunities out there. Most are little more than contests or sweepstakes, with no essays required. Take advantage of FREE money! [The $2000 No Essay Required Scholarshipfor instance, is monthly. Apply now, and again in April, May, June, and so on!] Also check out NicheCheggScholarships.comScholarshipOwlUnigo. Set aside and dedicate time each week to search for scholarships, and, did I mention, apply, apply, APPLY!

- Take A Virtual Tour - You can't visit college campuses, but you can visit colleges you may be interested in without ever having to get out of your pajamas! [Not that you were planning on getting out of your PJs anyway. LOL] Check out these websites:

- College Essay -  Begin to think seriously about your Common App essay. Jot down ideas and bullet points. WRITE. Keep in mind that regardless of the prompt, colleges want to know who you are, who you hope to become over the next few years, and what, other than your Nintendo Switch and that 72" HDTV, you will bring to campus, and to the community beyond. Aside from grades, scores, and activities, the essay is your opportunity to stand out above the madding crowd, showcasing your character and your personality.

- Keep Guidance In The Loop. Speak with (email, text, smoke signal) your Guidance Counselor regularly to discuss college plans, high school requirements, scholarship opportunities, etc. Remember, your school counselor will be writing that all-important Guidance Report, so familiarity is a good thing!

- Contact us at College Connection. Visit our website at Call us at 516-345-8766. Email us at Tweet us @GetCollege. We are always here to help!

- Above all. Stay calm. This, too, shall pass, and will ultimately make for a great story to tell your children and grandchildren (as they roll their eyes, having themselves survived the zombie apocalypse). 

All of this, of course, is but the tip of the iceberg.We could elaborate further on any and all points, and there are so many areas not covered here, both the mundane and the nuanced.

We’re sure you're thinking, "Wow. TMI," right about now. Yes, the process, even when condensed into a single missive, can be overwhelming. That, folks, is what we’re here for. So give a holler with your questions, concerns, and the last known location of 2-ply toilet paper. The initial telephone consultation is FREE.  


IMPORTANT: Suspension of In-Person Counseling

March 17, 2020

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We'll call this, new meaning to March Madness...

In view of the evolving situation regarding Covid-19, in an effort to contain further community spread of the virus, and for our mutual health and well-being, prudence being a guide, College Connection is suspending all in-person college counseling sessions until further notice.

It is our hope that, as the impact of Covid-19 is mitigated, we will be able to resume such in-person meetings in the not too distant future. 

Meanwhile, we will be offering online college planning and counseling sessions via FaceTime and Skype. If you would like to schedule a virtual session, from wherever you may be, please let us know.
You can reach us at 516-345-8766, or by email at We will also continue to work with students and parents by all available electronic means, including email and telephone conferences.

Anxious? Overwhelmed? We are extending our offer of FREE telephone consultations to assist both students and parents, with a view toward helping calm the waters and steady the course during these difficult times.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this suspension of “up close and personal” may cause. Hopefully, it will be short-lived. 

Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. We are always here to help with all of your college planning and counseling needs!

Thank you and stay safe.

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