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    Time to Get with the Program

    Time to Get with the Program

    Rarely do college visitors stop by the department of anticipated study, and why not?

    They don't know which department to visit, and that's a sad truth.

    In order to stop by your anticipated department of study while on a college visit, you would need to know which department that is. Most families would say- "My child doesn't know yet." Is that how you buy a car or buy a home? Of course not, and it shouldn't be that way in buying a college education. It's not good enough. Rather, you need to know, otherwise, you're being ineffective. 

    Here are 10 questions to ask in the Dept. of Anticipated Study-

    1. What is the job placement rate and how do you track it?
    2. What types of jobs do your graduates get and how do you know?
    3. What is their average starting pay?
    4. How do your students interact with each other and also with professors?
    5. What are the opportunities for research?
    6. What are the opportunities for study-abroad?
    7. What are the opportunities for internships and how do we get them?
    8. How can we combine studies with other departments?
    9. How do you stay current with all the changes going on in the world today?
    10. What specific studies do you have for preparing students for opportunities in the next decade?

    Now you're having a very effective college visit. You can move on with a great deal more insight into how the college prepares it students for achieving desired outcomes.

    That makes great college-logical sense to me! 

    Visiting these offices during college visits and being prepared to engage with the right questions will signify the difference between being effective versus ineffective! I like to be effective.

    Our student-families are effective in visiting colleges and evaluating the real opportunity; they don't just listen to the marketing pitch. You can be effective too, all you have to do is ask.

    As always, if you'd like to learn how to save thousands in college costs, you can pick up a copy of our new book today- 

     Dissecting the Big Business of College

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    Let's Make a Deal

    Let's Make a Deal

    Most parents never meet formally with the financial aid office, and why not?

    They wouldn't know what to do if they did!

    The financial aid office will determine the details of your financial award package. Just think to when you buy a car, don't you always meet with the financial office? In discussing your car purchase with a sales person, don't you always ask important costs and financing options? Of course you do, so let's do the same with colleges. That makes perfect sense to me.

    Here are 7 questions to ask in the financial aid office-

    1. How do you meet "Demonstrated-need"?
    2. How do you define "financial aid"?
    3. How does family income affect University Need-based Aid?
    4. Do you require the CSS Profile?
    5. Do you have other grants for which I can apply?
    6. What are your expected future cost increases?
    7. Can we get first-year costs fixed for all 4 years?

    There you have it, now you can move on with a great deal more insight into the financial award process for that specific college.

    That's being effective and productive!

    Our student-families are effective and productive in visiting colleges and understanding their policy for costs (savings thousands), and you can too. All you have to do is ask.

    As always, if you'd like to learn how to save thousands in college costs, you can pick up a copy of our new book today- Dissecting the Big Business of College

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    Understanding College Admissions

    Understanding College Admissions

    Most meetings with admission counselors last 5 - 10 minutes, why? 

     Because students don't ask the right questions!

    The key to quality engagement and getting the interest of others lies in the art of asking questions. When the admission counselor asks all the questions, they lose interest fast, it's just the human thing.

    We don't want that to be your story, so here are 10 questions to ask an admission's counselor-

    1. Is there anything specific I need to know about your application?
    2. What is your policy for awarding scholarships?
    3. What is your maximum scholarship amount?
    4. How does being a student from state affect my application and scholarship potential?
    5. What is your timing for sending out decisions?
    6. How important to admissions and scholarships are SAT/ ACT scores?
    7. Besides grades and test scores, what is the next most important factor in admissions?
    8. What else can I do to facilitate my acceptance and earn potential scholarships?
    9. What effect on admissions and scholarships is applying Early Decision or Early Action?
    10. Do you have other scholarships or grants for which I can apply?

    There you go, now you can move on with a great deal more insight into the application and scholarship process for that specific college.

    That's being effective and productive! Our student-families are effective and productive in visiting colleges and meeting admission counselors, and you can too. All you have to do is want to and take action.

    As always, if you'd like to learn how to save thousands in college costs, you can pick up a copy of our new book today- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    Hans

    College Visits- are you effective or ineffective

    College Visits- are you effective or ineffective

    Most people in planning college visits arrive on campus, drive around, take a tour, sit-in on an information session, and leave. 

     That's ineffective and unproductive!

    But that's what parents think they are suppose to do. So why is it ineffective? Because families leave the college without-

    1. meeting the key decision-makers
    2. building value in themselves
    3. understanding how the college does business

    To be effective, you need to meet with the admissions office, financial aid office, and department of your child's anticipated studies...makes sense to me!

    When you visit a college, drive around, and take a tour, you are merely getting a sales and marketing job from the college. They are letting you know how you can buy into their business model. You then leave without engaging the people who determine your college situation for admissions, studies, and costs. You're leaving the college without knowing how they conduct their business. That's ineffective!

    When you meet with the people from admissions, financial aid, and department of study, you gain a far deeper insight into the college and you will better determine if it fits within your expectation for an education, experience, outcome, and cost. That's effective!

    Here we begin a 4-part series on how to engage yourself with the college while on a college visit. Today is recognizing the need to engage with the key people of the college. In the next three parts, I will give you the specific questions to ask in each office for admissions, financial aid, and studies for making your college visits effective.

    As always, if you'd like to learn how to save thousands in college costs, you can pick up a copy of our new book today- 

         Dissecting the Big Business of College

    Our student-families save thousands on college costs, and you can too. All you have to do is want to and then take action.