I take the stress out of getting into college by providing comprehensive college admissions guidance and support to high school Juniors and Seniors and their families. I work one-on-one with students to create a customized plan that matches their unique interests, academic accomplishments and financial resources.
This process will usually begin during the junior year and may include the following services:
- Interview the student and parents to understand the student’s academic history and high school experience. Evaluate the student’s school record and test scores in relation to colleges’ admissions requirements. Recommend further SAT or ACT testing as well as test prep where indicated.
- Meet with the student and parents to understand preferences as to academic environment, campus location, social and religious environment, extracurricular offerings, geographical area, and budgetary concerns. Use these as guides when recommending colleges.
- Help the student clarify goals, such as why do I want to go to college and what do I want out of the experience.
- Recommend colleges for the student to consider, in addition to those already on their list. Estimate likelihood of acceptance by each.
- Establish a comprehensive schedule on a private website of everything that must be done from the beginning through the commitment to the chosen school. This includes college visits, applications, essays, teacher recommendations, financial aid forms, responses to acceptances and other important deadlines. The student will use the website and take ownership of the process.
- Advise as to how to research the colleges and plan visits. Counsel as to what to accomplish on campus visits. Help with visit itineraries if needed.
- Recommend courses to take during the remaining high school terms.
- Counsel on narrowing the college list and deciding where to apply. There may be a mix of schools in terms of probability of acceptance. But all should be schools the student would be happy to attend.
- Provide guidance on filling out admissions forms. (The student will fill out the forms). Proofread and review before submittal.
- Suggest essay topics and approach. (The student will write the essays). Proofread and review before submittal.
- Assist the student in preparing a resume (brag sheet).
- Coach regarding interviews, when required.
- Assist family in determining the Expected Family Contribution based on Federal Methodology and Institutional Methodology. Analyze EFC to identify opportunities to improve financial aid.
- Estimate need-based and merit-based financial aid for colleges being considered: Make use of financial aid data about each college to estimate the “net price” for each.
- Examine potential changes in the family’s financial situation as to the impact on financial aid.
- Assist with financial aid package appeal letters: If we think the school could have been more generous, assist with appealing the financial aid award to maximize scholarship and grant opportunities.
Financial Aid Consulting
- Counsel with the student as they choose from among the acceptances received, recognizing that it is the student’s decision.
- Be available for consultation with the student or parents at any mutually agreeable time via meetings, phone calls or email, as needed.