February, 2015

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February, 2015

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (next exam: 3/14 – register by  2/13)
  • ACT (next exam: 4/18 – register by  3/13)

Free Initial Consultation:  Magellan will meet with students and families for a free 60-minute consultation.  Subsequent meetings will be subject to hourly rates, which will be credited back for those who sign up for Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan.

Reminder:  Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of meetings/ assistance from the first day of the student’s junior year. 

Class of 2016 parents – Contact us now to schedule your first meeting!  By starting now, you can reduce your household stress level next fall!

Class of 2017 parents – Because your class is most impacted by the change in the SAT, we have started consultation with 10th graders and their families.  Call us today to ensure your student is prepared!

SUPER-Exciting News from Magellan College Counseling

FootballWhat does Magellan College Counseling have in common with Super Bowl LXIX?  We have teams representing both coasts!  Magellan now has three counselors in California and one in Massachusetts.  Last year, founder Evelyn Jerome-Alexander welcomed Debbie Liebert, who worked with about a dozen members of the Class of 2015.  We now welcome Suzie Wynne to our West Coast team, as we gear up to work with the Classes of 2016 and 2017.  Jennifer Stephan rounds out our team; we’ll count on her expertise with athletes and engineers, and she’ll work with male clients on the east coast.  Why only males?  For the answer, plus more details on all of our backgrounds, please see the “Our Team” page on the Magellan website.  We think our winning team can help your high school student score a touchdown on his/her college list and applications!

OK, enough football!

Scholarship Time

As we wait for college decisions to come (within the next 8 weeks!), now is a great time for seniors to start applying for private scholarships.  You can find great options at Fastweb (you need to join but it’s free), Scholarships.com, at MeritAid.com and on the College Board’s Big Future website.

Families who have worked with us know that the largest source of funding for college, aside from federal loans, is actually merit-based scholarships offered directly by the colleges themselves.  That means that creating your college list actually plays the largest role in determining whether a student will be offered grants or scholarships.  Magellan clients have been offered hundreds of thousands of dollars so far this year in scholarship aid! 

February Tips:

Seniors:  Double-check that your school counselors and teachers have sent transcripts, mid-year reports and recommendations to all colleges that need them.  Decisions are coming soon!

10th/11th Grade Parents: 

  • Have your student create a resume, including all volunteer and extra-curricular activities from 9th grade on.
  • Plan to visit a local college during spring break, just to get the feel of a campus!

Need Help with FAFSA?

Most schools expect you to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid within the next few weeks; the final deadline is March 2.  Click here for a great source of information about what you will need to fill out the FAFSA.

If you need help filling out this form, let us know!
This service is available at an hourly rate of $150/hour.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades? We are available to give a free “College Admissions 101”seminar in the comfort of your home for parents of high school students.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.  Call or e-mail for more information.

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