College Prep By Jamie Dickenson

They Got Accepted. Let’s Make Sure They Stay In.

Getting into college may be the easy part for your student, but did you ever think about making sure they stay in school? Here are some tips to make sure your college student will make it through to graduation.

A Balanced, Yet Challenging Curriculum

Choosing a plan of study that appropriately prepares students for college means balancing a practical workload with the level of rigor colleges look for.

The Importance of Extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities can be a good way to set students apart when applying for college, and can even help them earn scholarship money. But what’s the right balance?

Today’s Lesson: Good Grades Equal More Scholarship Funds

It seems pretty obvious, but parents should teach their kids that getting good grades now pays off with more money and options for college.

College Scholarships and Aid: Options for Your Child

College selection is an enormous decision. Emotions, aspirations and finances collide. Knowing where to look for college financing—based on your student’s profile—will help make the process smoother.

Three Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Excel

Helping middle schoolers develop strong study skills, self-advocacy tools, and extracurricular interests can help set them up for success later in their academic careers.

Selecting Colleges for More Than Just the Name

Taking a holistic approach to college selection may be more beneficial than pursuing the “best” name.

Smart Questions for a College Tour

Touring a college campus can be overwhelming. But these questions can help you to make the most of your tours so you and your child can make the best possible choice.




Jamie Dickenson, MBA, CEP
Independent Educational Consultant specializing in college admissions and financial aid, motivational speaker, business coach and owner of Jamie Dickenson, LLC., IEC Advisors, and Yoga Power, LLC.

Jamie Dickenson is not affiliated with Hartford Funds. Hartford Funds has separately contracted with Ms. Dickenson to provide additional insight about college savings issues.