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Ryan Hickey is the Managing Editor of Peterson's and an expert in college, graduate, and professional admissions. A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has worked in admissions for nearly a decade writing test-prep material for the SAT, AP exams, and TOEFL, editing essays and personal statements, and consulting directly with applicants. He enjoys sharing his knowledge to aid others in achieving their educational goals and, when he gets a break, loves hiking and fly fishing with his wife and two border-collie mixes.

Four Unique Scholarships from Peterson's Scholarship Search

There are a huge number of interesting scholarships available today, available for everything from academic excellence to unique skills and hobbies. Let's take a look at 4 particularly intriguing ones available through the Peterson's Scholarship Search Tool.

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 24, 2014

4 Scholarships that are Easy to Apply For

Applying to college is hard. Paying for college is also hard. Here are 4 scholarships that are actually quite easy to apply for. Why not earn money for college the easy way?

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 07, 2014

High ACT Scores: Need-to-Know Tips and Strategies

Don't cram. You are being tested on knowledge that you have accumulated over the course of the year. And over the past few months especially, you've been taking ACT prep.

By Ryan Hickey updated on March 20, 2014

3 Great Entry-Level Careers that Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree: Pharmacy Technician, Legal Assistant, and Protective Services (Police and Firefighter)

One day you’ll be a pharmacist, a lawyer or the Chief of your precinct. However, you want to get started on your career now and gain real world experience as well as build your network of connections. Most of all, you’re passionate about what you want to do and don’t want to wait four to seven years to begin working. Therefore, you might want to earn a two-year degree for an entry-level job and then acquire further education as you gain confidence in your skills and opportunities for advancement arise.

By Ryan Hickey updated on November 08, 2013

Degrees for Careers that Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree: Finding the Right Program for You

As the costs of education continue to climb, many people find themselves in a bind. They need to get a degree that is beyond high school but do not want to risk their futures by leaving school with a mountain of debt. Getting a bachelor’s degree is a great goal, but what if you don’t need a bachelor’s degree for the career you want?

By Ryan Hickey updated on November 08, 2013

Ivy League Schools: The Affordable Choice?

With the price of a single year often costing more than $50,000, few would consider Ivy-League and other elite schools "affordable" - but is that really what it costs to go there for most students? Read on to find out!

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013

FAFSA, Scholarships, and Loans: An Overview

Figuring out how to pay for college can be an extremely daunting task. Read on for helpful overview information on major sources of funding: FAFSA, Scholarships, and Loans.

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013

Parents - Planning for Unexpected College Costs

You've saved for years, finalized your part on your student's FAFSA, and assisted your child in securing a student loan. Financially, however, your work is far from done. In fact, a parent's work is never done when it comes to the costs associated with seeing a son or daughter through college.

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013

Turn a Passion and Talent for Art into a Fulfilling Career

Artistically Inclined? There are countless college and career options that help you channel your creativity into a fulfilling occupation!

By Ryan Hickey updated on September 30, 2013
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The 10 Dos and Don'ts of College Applications

Check out this list of the top 10 dos and don'ts of college applications to make sure you know what you need to do during college application season!

By Ryan Hickey updated on August 02, 2013
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