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Here are some of our standard presentations; you can download them and all of the links in each one are hyperlinked.
Additionally, here are a few more resources that may answer some common questions (this is kind of the "greatest hits" of our blog):
We have a three-part series on financial aid:
First segment: how college financial aid works (BIG CAVEAT: the financial aid main document, FAFSA, will be changing for the Class of 2024)
Second segment: how MERIT aid works
Third segment: College ROI
Here are some big-picture topics:
- What are Colleges Looking For?
- What does Holistic Admission Mean?
- Test-Optional College Admission
- What's My GPA for College Admissions?
- What's a School Profile?
- The California Conundrum (especially important for those who REALLY want their child to attend a UC school)
People frequently ask us where and how to start building their college list. We tell them that rankings are not the best place to start. As you will learn in this post and the embedded webinar, rankings don't tell you if a college is good or right for YOUR CHILD. So if the rankings aren't the right place to start, what is? Here are 4 posts to help you get started:
- Building your college list (part 1)
- Building your college list (part 2)
- How many colleges should I apply to?
- College Research Pays You Back
We also strongly recommend some introspection - on the part of your teen - before you start putting actual college names on the list. Think about the KIND OF ENVIRONMENT in which they'll be happy and successful, instead of starting with college names. Here's a resource to help with that introspection:
You'll find even more on our Resources page (keep checking back as we add things all the time!). We also invite you to "Like" our Facebook page, where we post lots of interesting articles and information, and you can see all of our archived newsletters here.
If you feel you'd like some extra one-on-one guidance as your child goes through the process, feel free to get in touch through the "Contact Us" page, or you can sign up to receive our newsletter below. We're happy to help!