FREE Online Event – Understanding Your Award Letter 2015-03-16 12-27-36

Cappex is hosting the FREE online event, Understanding Your Award Letter, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5pm Central Time! Join our in-house college and career expert as she breaks down the ins and outs of college award letters.


When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5 PM Central Time
Where: Online
Cost: Free!
Who: All high school students, their parents/guardians, and counselors are invited to attend.
How: To register for the event, please visit

Not able to attend the live event on April 1, 2015? No problem! Register for the event today and we’ll send you an email after the event to access the on demand recording.

Topics covered during the event will include:

  • Breaking Down Cost of Attendance
  • Indirect vs. Direct Costs
  • Accepting Denying, or Modifying your Award Package
  • Award Letter Examples
  • Important Next Steps in the College Decision Process

Click here for a printable flyer to share with others or to hang up in your school.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Original Post Date: March 16th, 2015

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Getting Help with College Search: Identifying Your College Dream Team

Categories: Admissions Advice

officeNavigating the college and financial aid process can be overwhelming. That’s why it is important to identify your College Dream Team.

What is a College Dream Team?

These are the people and resources who are there to help make your college dream a reality. You trust them, they have your best interests in mind, and, most importantly, they believe in you.

Who should be on your College Dream Team?

  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) – Who better to have on your team than the people who have known you most of your life? Plus, there’s a chance you may need their assistance with choosing a college and figuring out how to pay for it.
  • Teachers – Teachers are a great resource for recommendation letters and reviewing personal statements. Not to mention, all of your teachers went to college, so they will probably have some useful advice!
  • Counselors – Counselors can be some of your biggest resources for navigating the college process. Reach out to your counselor for information on summer programs, recommendation letters, college visits, and local scholarship opportunities. Chances are if your counselor doesn’t know you personally, they won’t know to recommend you for any amazing opportunities they know about.

Connecting with your counselor on Cappex

Connecting with your counselor on Cappex is a great way to recruit them for your College Dream Team. They’ll have a better idea of the colleges and scholarships you’re interested in and be able to send you new opportunities directly.

To send a connection request to your counselor, simply edit your ‘Basic Information’ section of your Cappex Profile. Below your high school name, you’ll see the option to connect with your high school counselor. 2015-03-12 13-33-12 (1)

If your counselor has an account on Cappex, you’ll see their name in the drop-down menu. If you don’t see their name, enter their email address to invite them to connect with you on Cappex. You’ll be thankful that you did.

Best of luck on your college journey. Thank you for making Cappex Your College Decision Headquarters!

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Original Post Date: March 12th, 2015

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8 Unique Fundraising Ideas for High School Students

With Prom around bake-salethe corner, and outdoor sports starting up again, spring is a big season for fundraising at high schools. Bake sales are great, but get old. Whether you are Student Council President, or just want to help out, you can get creative with fundraising and have a blast doing it! Of course, you must always check with your school’s administration and secure all proper approvals before doing any fundraising for your school.

Check out these unique fundraising ideas for high school students.

1. Teacher Auction

Students love seeing another side of their teachers, and are willing to pay for it! Have teachers come up with their own donations and auction off items or experiences to students. Here are some examples: a personalized piece of artwork from an art teacher, a ‘Happy Birthday’ serenade from a music teacher, a trip to a museum with a history teacher as your guide, or even the opportunity to be principal for the day.

2. Candy Sales

If it’s a class-wide fundraiser, consider using a fundraising program from a well-known brand such as Fannie May, Hershey’s, or Otis Spunkmeyer. Sure, selling sweets has been done before, but that doesn’t change the fact that people will spend money on them! Make it unique and encourage students to participate by offering prizes to the top sellers.

3. Movie Night

Some movie theaters will help schools raise money by donating a movie showing to your group or offering discounted tickets for you to sell. Make sure the movie has a PG or safer rating so families with young children can go together. Market it as a great opportunity for friends’ families and siblings to meet!

4. Jeans for Green

This is an easy way to raise money at schools with uniforms or strict dress codes. See if your school’s administration will allow students to pay $1-$3 to dress down for the day.

5. Trivia Contest

Have an after-school or lunch-time trivia contest and charge a fee for teams to register. Ask your principal or a faculty member to MC and see if a local business can donate a prize for the winning team. Find tips on planning a trivia event here.

6. Balloon Pop

Have students pay a few dollars to pick a helium balloon out a bunch to pop. Put a slip of paper in each balloon that either says “Thank You, Try Again” or reveals that they’ve won a prize. Have a range of prizes of varying value so you can ensure all the balloons get sold.

7. Mini Golf

Ask clubs or homerooms to each create their own mini golf hole for this school-wide fundraiser. The course can be in a contained space like the gym or cafeteria, or all over the school! Have each group pick a theme such as a Parisian themed golf hole for the French club, a Shakespearean theme for the drama club, or Pi themed for the Mathletes. Charge admission to play a round, and award a prize to the most creative theme!

8. Recipe Book

Collect recipes from students and teachers and create a special cookbook for your school. Sell the books to students and parents.

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Original Post Date: March 6th, 2015

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