Why Colleges Don’t Tell You Exactly How to Qualify for Merit Scholarships

This episode was originally recorded on our weekly show, College Talk Tuesday (www.CollegeTalkTuesday.live) when we discussed what Andy learned at a national college planners conference in Charleston the previous week.   Topics included: The counter-intuitive, yet obvious reason colleges don’t publish a “recipe” of what it takes to win a merit award The biggest issue…

What Happens If You Get “Dinged” From An Ivy League College

I recorded this on March 28th, a/k/a “Ivy Day,” when college acceptance decisions from Ivy League colleges come out.   Thus far this cycle, our client have been admitted to top colleges such as Stanford, Yale, Cornell and Amherst College, to name a few….and been deferred or rejected from similarly competitive colleges.   It’s hard…

Impromptu College Planning “Secrets”

This recording was originally a last minute broadcast to my Facebook page, cooked up because a Nor’Easter caused a live workshop at local library to be cancelled.   I took a bunch of questions from parents, I bet you have some of them yourself 🙂   Prior to Q&A, I ran through the following agenda:…

The Talk

This time of year (March) is when many HS seniors have heard back from most of their colleges.   Frequently, kids and parents are at odds about which college to attend.  More often than not, the kid wants to attend the expensive “rah rah” school, while the parents (OK, Dad!) don’t always see the value…

College Planning Q&A “Open Mic Night”

This was a fun event – we went on our Facebook page and spent an hour answering questions, many of which were pre-submitted, but a ton came in on the fly.   There was zero presentation, script, slides or costumes – just me, your questions and a microphone (OK, and a laptop, Facebook feed, and…