When Your College-Bound Teen Gets Deferred

When Your College-Bound Teen Gets Deferred

You and your teen spent thousands of hours researching colleges, visiting different schools, studying for the SAT or ACT, writing essays, and filling out applications. You probably also spent thousands of dollars on travel costs, tutors, and college application fees. All that blood, sweat, and tears, only to get a letter from their college of choice, stating their application has been deferred. I get many calls from parents this time of year whose teen has been deferred. The student feels...

Simple Searches for College Scholarships

Simple Searches for College Scholarships

Have you heard about the latest way wealthy families are receiving college aid? Parents are transferring legal custody of their teenage children to another relative or party, in order to improve their eligibility for financial aid. (Click here to learn more.)  Fortunately, such extreme measures are not necessary for regular families like ours. If you’re going to spend time researching ways to pay for college, focus on finding scholarships. There are thousands of college scholarships out there,...

Yes Son, Colleges Do Look at Your Social Media

Yes Son, Colleges Do Look at Your Social Media

I attended Parent Night at my son’s high school last week. These types of events are a great opportunity to chat with guidance counselors, learn about how to help your teen with the college application process, and upcoming events like financial aid, which is a MUST for parents. Check out my article, The Best Way to Work with The Guidance Counselor, for more tips. The topic of social media came up during Parent Night. While there has been a decline in colleges checking an applicant’s social...

The Why and How of College Essays

The Why and How of College Essays

Last week, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their college essay. I fully empathize with these teens, as writing does not come naturally to me. Remember, the process doesn’t have to start with a blank screen or a piece of paper. You can click here to read my ideas in case you missed it. Let’s talk about why colleges ask applicants to write an essay. Think of a college like a business. They bring in candidates for open positions.  For each position,...

Motivating Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay

Motivating Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay

It's time to start putting together everything you need for college applications – high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, lists of all the volunteer and paid jobs, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, copies of driver's license and social security card, medical records, college aid forms, etc. Getting this information can be time-consuming but relatively easy, especially if you have been keeping track and staying organized through high-school. But there is still one...

The High Price of Applying to College

The High Price of Applying to College

When we think of college planning, we think about saving for tuition, textbooks, or living expenses. What I am focusing on is when it’s time to actually identify, visit, and apply to college. I hear from parents who have been through the process who say, “I wish someone had told me how much money goes into just finding the right college.” Let me break it down for you. College admission advisors suggest a child apply to 6 – 8 different schools. This is a combination of stretch, target, and...

How A CSS Profile Impacts College Aid

How A CSS Profile Impacts College Aid

This week’s blog covers the last bit of my interview with Jim Anderson of Making College Worth it.  If you miss the last two segments, Easy Tips to Reduce College Debt and Navigating the Confusing College Aid System, click on the titles to access. One of the biggest aha-ha’s I got from my meeting with Jim is learning about the CSS Profile. I didn’t know about it at all before I met with him. It turns out for financial aid that some colleges require FAFSA and some require a CSS Profile....

Navigating the Confusing Financial Aid System

Navigating the Confusing Financial Aid System

How to pay for college is probably the number one stressor for parents. In my last post, I shared part of my interview with Jim Anderson of Making College Worth It. Jim helps parents find the right school based on their child’s interests and what the parent can afford.  Last week, we focused on what parents should consider throughout their child’s life to help pay for college. You can click here to read that blog in case you missed it. In this week’s blog, we focus on the types of...

Why Trade School Is A Viable Option For Your Teen

Why Trade School Is A Viable Option For Your Teen

A Facebook friend of mine shared a photo of a beautiful wood-carved table that her high school son had crafted. She asked, “Should I be sending my son to college when he can make items like this?” Many commented YES, he needs to go to college to get a business degree because someday he might want to own his own woodworking business. Unless her teen has a desire to own a business, I challenge the idea that he needs to go to college right now. The skills and traits necessary for a wood crafter...

Things You Didn’t Know About College Applications

Things You Didn’t Know About College Applications

I am so excited to share this week’s special blog with you. I interviewed Linda Dennis, a college application expert. Her business is iCollege Consulting. Linda has helped many parents and kids navigate through the college application process. Linda has a lot to share with us about the college application process. You are really going to hear all the kinds of great tips including how many applications to fill out, what the college is looking for, and what extracurriculars should your child...