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Does this sound familiar?

  • You need some guidance with choosing a major. 
  • The thought of creating a college list seems scary. 
  • You need help brainstorming or revising your essays?
  • You aren't sure where to begin with scholarships.
  • You'd like someone to review your applications before you submit them.

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Are you looking for DIY college prep materials or customized one-on-one application assistance? 


Do you need help choosing an essay prompt that inspires you or do you need feedback on your final draft? 


Wondering where to find scholarships or curious what it takes to win them?

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When the thought of college admissions feels impossible,

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You need someone by your side, in real time, helping you understand the decisions you will have to make about your future. Someone who’s been there, done that, and has helped thousands of students before feel confident in choosing a major, deciding on and applying to schools, and understanding scholarships.

About Hive Education

Why Choose Us

We believe that every decision you make impacts your future. What major your choose, what school you attend, and especially how much student loan debt you accumulate in the meantime. That’s why Hive focuses on all elements of the college admissions process, all in one place. Applications, test prep, student loans, essay help, financial aid assistance, scholarships, etc. We want you to get answers to all your college questions within a few clicks. 

Meet Our Founder, Christen Arafeh

"Hi, I'm Christen. I always knew I wanted to go to college, but I also knew that I couldn't afford to pay for it and I didn't want any part of taking out student loans. I started applying for scholarships as a high school freshman. After countless scholarship applications, my tenacity paid off. I've won more than $900,000 in scholarships for my own education. I am now an academic advisor and scholarship strategist and my goal is to get you accepted into your dream school and working towards your own debt-free degree. My passion is helping you afford the future you've always dreamed of by finding, applying for, and winning scholarships."

It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.

—Ella Fitzgerald

Take their word for it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My biggest essay advice is to write about something that comes easy and inspires you. If you're bored writing it, the reader will be bored reading it. The best essays make me feel what the writer felt and see what the writer saw. And any time you can tie an essay back to volunteering or a community service, it's helpful. People and companies who fund scholarships are typically into philanthropy, therefore they like to give back to people who give back.

It’s never too early to start! I started as a freshman and had a huge advantage over my peers because I already had all the materials I needed (like letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays, resumes) and I created a list of scholarships that I knew I didn’t want to miss. I’m convinced my early start played an integral part in my major scholarship wins, accumulating more than $900,000 in scholarships for my own college education.

You should not wait until after you’ve been accepted into college your senior year, before you start to consider scholarships. Many of the best scholarships have an early fall deadline so they can announce winners in the spring before graduation. The sooner you start, the more success you’ll have.

The truth is that many students are still submitting great scores. Those students are being admitted at a much higher rate than the students who are not submitting their scores.

The SAT/ACT is the only element of the application not subject to personal bias and cheating. GPA is no longer a reliable way to stand out: because of grade inflation and rampant cheating, 47% have at least an A- average (p. 69 of "Measuring Success.")

From noted higher education journalist Jeff Selingo's newsletter: "In every case I heard so far, students with test scores got accepted more often. In some cases, the admit rate was twice as high for students with test scores vs. those without. Emory: Admit rate 17% (with tests) vs. 8.6% (without tests) Colgate: 25% (w/tests) vs. 12% (w/o tests) Georgia Tech: 22% (w/tests) vs. 10% (w/o tests) Vanderbilt: 7.2% (w/tests) vs. 6% (w/o tests)"

Even though it is possible to get admitted without test scores, you will want to have those scores to maximize scholarships that come both directly from the institution and outside sources.

The fact is that the majority of scholarships do not require any financial documentation. You don’t have to be the smartest, or the poorest, or the most athletic to win scholarships. There are scholarships out there for everyone and everything, there are scholarships out there for you.

My biggest piece of advice is to start with a resume! It makes it easier to track all extracurriculars, awards, and community service from this point forward. It is also perfect to attach to emails when asking for letters of recommendation, and it makes applying for scholarships and college applications easy, because you merely copy and paste all your highlights, and never have to worry about misspelling or forgetting anything. Starting with a resume typically cuts the time it takes to apply in half!

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