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College Decisions
College Decision Day, May 1st, is almost here!

It's time to review those college/university acceptance letters and decide where you'd like to spend your next four years.

Are you comparing best offers? Be sure that you're comparing apples to apples. How do you do that? Review your financing such as loans and other funding sources as well as additional options for paying that the school might offer - such as a monthly payment plan.

Once you decide on a school, send in your deposit and accept your aid package. 

Students and their families who have been working with PCCI throughout the college application and admission process automatically receive insight and guidance on how to evaluate the different aid proposals before committing to a school. 

Didn't Plan Ahead?
Your financial aid package is already set, but what should you do if you still can't afford it? Can you get more merit aid? How can you get more money? For those who haven't planned ahead, PCCI offers a one-hour, one-time financial consult session for a fee. Email me directly at to make arrangements.

College Trends
One of the latest trends we're seeing? Big schools with financial issues. That's a red flag. It's very concerning because it often means cuts to staff or programming. We've heard about financial issues at University of New Hampshire (which recently laid off 75 staff) as well as financial issues at Penn State, University of Connecticut and University of Arizona. What steps are they taking to reduce operating expenses? What programs will be eliminated?

Another alarming trend is tuition hikes. A recent article in The Boston Globe highlights the rising cost of New England's private universities. Some will top $90,000 a year. Read the article.

SAT Reinstatement
Just when students were looking forward to not having to take the SATs...We're starting to see SAT optional schools revert back to testing. MIT, Harvard and UMass Amherst are indicating that they are going in that direction and we expect it to continue.

Whether you're a Freshman or Sophomore trying to get on track for college or you're just getting started with the college application process - PCCI can help.

We target schools that best fit a student’s abilities, interests, finances, and family circumstances so that students maximize their chances of receiving need and/or merit based aid.

To arrange a complimentary consultation, simply email me or call 508-622-5250.

Best regards,
Honoria DaSilva-Kilgore, Esq.
Next Workshop on May 1st
Please join us on May 1st at Framingham Public Library for a College Admissions 101 Workshop in the Costin Room of the Main Library at 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702. 

This is a free workshop geared towards high school Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and their families.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Choosing a college/university that is a good match for the student’s interests, lifestyle and budget
  • Getting the best financial package
  • Maximizing merit scholarship dollars 

Seating is limited. Register today.
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Your source for important college interview tips and more. For high school students and their families. 

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MY GENERATION PODCAST: Honoria DaSilve-Kilgore of PCCI

Everything you need to know about College Admissions but were too overwhelmed to ask.

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Google Reviews
Google Reviews are how other high school students and their families will find PCCI on the Internet. Please help make it easier for them and consider giving us a Google Review today.

Writing a Google Review is easy. And almost fun.

Step by step instructions: 

  • Type the full company name Personal College Counseling Inc. into your Internet browser
  • Look at the right side of the page. Scroll down. 
  • Click on “Write a Review”

Highlight 5 stars and add a sentence or two. For example, you can say something about how you felt about the PCCI process or focus on the outcome with something like “Thank you. Our daughter / son is planning on attending  _________ where we received a merit / financial package that saved us a significant amount and Honoria helped us every step of the way.”

  • Click on “Post”.

Thank you! You are our best referral source.
Honoria DaSilva-Kilgore, Esq.

Address: 2 Richard Street,
Raynham, MA 02767
Phone: 508-622-5250