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College Counseling Services

The college admission process is more complex & competitive than it used to be. And college is more expensive.

The counselors at your high school are probably responsible for hundreds of students, making it difficult for them to give your child enough time, attention and advice. 




Free forums offer a sea of opinions, but not expert advice. And in any case, "one size" does not fit all!

That’s why so many students today use independent college counseling services, like College Planning Made Easy™.

My goal is to help you learn what you need to know to make your best decisions & help you organize the college search process, reducing your child’s stress – and yours.

comprehensive SERVICES

> Helping student & parent understand college application time-frames, standardized testing choices, and admissions options, so you sleep easier!

 > Career exploration to help your student gain an expanded view of opportunities by exploring his/her interests & connecting those interests to college majors & the world of work. Most teens don't really know their major or career direction, but exploring interests via the Strong Interest Inventory©* is a great starting point as we begin their college search process.

> Helping your teen identify his/her preferred college characteristics, discovering what's important to them in a fun, interactive way. This serves as the basis for identifying "good fit" colleges for your student - places where they are most likely to thrive academically and socially.

> A review of your students academic transcript, with suggestions for high school course choices.

> Assistance with understanding & navigating the college financial aid process, including guidance in evaluating whether schools might give your student need-based financial aid and/or merit awards (which are not related to a family's finances), and the amount of scholarship money you might expect at each of the colleges your teen applies to. 

> Creating a list of 8-12 colleges for your teen to apply to that are tailored to his/her preferences, goals, academic record, & your family's finances. This is the most important part of the process and usually results in uncovering hidden gem colleges that are great fits for the student.

> Showing your student/parents how best to research colleges, so you become an informed college consumer

> Customizing a tasks list and timeline unique to your student covering all of the required admissions steps and providing your him/her with an online college planning software platform from which to manage everything; I send reminders to students to complete their tasks & check in 1:1 when progress stalls.

> Supporting your student through writing the personal statement/essay, including brainstorm, development, & revision of this important part of the applications, so they present their authentic voice to help colleges see their potential contribution to the campus community.

> Provide advice and guidance for high school course choices, college visits, interviews, and letters of recommendation, etc.

Bottom line, you'll rest assured that your family has engaged in comprehensive and thoughtful planning, with support for every question, during one of the most important transitions in your student’s life.


The Comprehensive Service gives you the peace of mind that comes from having expert guidance through the entire college planning process.   


 

* (The Strong Interest Inventory® is a restricted psychological instrument. The Report may only be purchased, administered, and interpreted by a practitioner who is Strong Interest Inventory® Certified, such as myself.)

 SUPPORT FOR THE ENTIRE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

comprehensive services


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This service includes:


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cUSTOMIZED COLLEGE LIST & FINANCIAL AID GUIDANCE

Some families prefer a more streamlined approach with a focus on understanding tasks & time frames, financial aid, and the creation of a list of colleges that are a great fit for their student.

A smart college list saves you money and time (and sometimes heartache - as too many students apply only to colleges that turn down most of their [very well-qualified] applicants). It also introduces you to hidden gem colleges!

The most important part of the college admissions process is creating a smart list of collegesWhy?

Because There are over 2,800 4-year colleges in the United States, yet most families focus on only a few, well-known schools. By focusing only on well-known colleges, students miss opportunities to attend excellent schools that might indeed be a great fit for them.

In addition, the sticker price at most colleges is sky high. But what you pay depends largely on your family's unique financial situation, your child's academic profile in relation to each college, and the colleges you choose to apply to... each with their own giving policies and levels of generosity. 

The largest source of scholarship money for your student is almost always going to be from the college he/she attends. Most private colleges discount their sticker prices substantially, but you need to know which ones will do so for your teen.

If the cost of college is a consideration, as it is for most families, you need to start focusing on price at the beginning of the college search process, not the end.

It pays to apply strategically! Or as college counselors often say - “the money is in the list”! Creating a smart college list is your number one way to open up exciting new options AND make college more affordable.


 


This option does not include career exploration via the Strong Interest Inventory, support for essay writing, oversight while students manage tasks, interview guidance, final decision guidance, or ongoing one-to-one support.

 Streamlined support

customized college list + financial aid guidance

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The Customized College List with Financial Aid Guidance Service involves two meetings plus my time to develop a good fit list of colleges and includes:


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>An overview of all college admission timeframes and tasks, the college financial aid process, and standardized testing choices. You get PDFs documenting everything we discuss.

> A review of your students academic transcript, with suggestions for high school course choices.

> Helping your teen identify his/her preferred college characteristics, discovering what's important to them in a fun, interactive way. This serves as the basis for identifying "good fit" colleges for your student - places where they are most likely to thrive academically and socially.

> Assistance with understanding & navigating the college financial aid process, including guidance in evaluating whether schools might give your student need-based financial aid and/or merit awards (which are not related to a family's finances), and the amount of scholarship money you might expect at each of the colleges your teen applies to. 

> I develop a list of 8-12+ colleges customized for your student, with highlights from each college. The list will be balanced in terms of chances of acceptance at each school and will include an estimate of the financial aid (need and/or merit) your student might receive at each. 

> A second meeting to go over the list of colleges & show you how best to research them; introduction to the college planning/research software you will use to research colleges (with 6 months access).

COLLEGE PREP: FRESHMAN & SOPHMORE ADVISING 

Lay the groundwork for a successful and strategic high school experience.

This 2 hour session will help you learn how to maximize your student’s high school experience and make wise decisions from the outset.

During our meeting I will help you...

> Get a birds-eye view of college admissions time-frames and tasks, so you know what to do when and can sleep easy knowing you are not missing important tasks or deadlines.  

> Understand what colleges are looking for in terms of college prep academics, testing, and subjective factors like extracurriculars.

> Provide guidance for high school course choice.

> Create a standardized testing plan & understand the impact of testing. 

> Understand the college financial aid process, including understanding what your family will be expected to pay for one year of college and how you might best strategize for need-based aid and/or merit (non-need) based aid so that college financial realities don't take you by surprise!

And of course, I am happy to answer any and all questions from both student and parent. 

This is a great way to put stress behind you and sleep easy because you "know you know what you need to know" as your teen moves through high school and sets up for college success.

 PREPARING FOR COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL

COLLEGE PREP: FRESHMAN & SOPHMORE ADVISING 


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I also offer hourly services, as time permits.

In particular, I love to help with understanding college financial aid/scholarships/tuition discounts, college essay writing, and career exploration. 

HOURLY SERVICES

College counseling is not just for "straight-A" students.
I help students whose grades and test scores are in the top 1% nationally as well as students with GPAs of in the 2.8 range or lower find the best college fit.

helping students at all academic levels


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Say good-bye to overwhelm and start enjoying the last precious years of high school with your teenager.

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