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The Inconvenient Truth About Scholarships

#scholarships Oct 04, 2022
 

Listen up and get ready to write down the plentiful "nuggets" in this interview, that would be worth -- literally - five figures of scholarships that you would not otherwise have discovered...

College advisor Andy Lockwood interviews scholarship search expert Jean O'Toole on little known strategies -- and pitfalls -- relating to the search for scholarships for college.  Topics include:

  • The rarely-discussed truth about those 5,000 scholarship websites, contests and sweepstakes:  are they scams or legit?
  • The surprising place to uncover "hidden" scholarships from companies and other organizations
  • The counterintuitive -- but logical -- reason why companies and organizations offer scholarships
  • A "ninja" way to tilt the odds in your favor of winning a scholarship BEFORE you apply
  • The biggest mistake students and parents make in the scholarship search process
  • More!

 For more information about Jean O'Toole and her scholarship search assistance, visit Connections101.com

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The "Secret" Deadline for FAFSA and CSS Profile (2022)

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2022
Lockwood College Prep
The "Secret" Deadline for FAFSA and CSS Profile (2022)
6:06
 

In Today's Post:

Learn the insider secret deadline for FAFSA college financial aid applications. Each year, thousands of financial aid applicants blow the deadlines for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Profile and assorted other financial aid applications.

They're not easy to find or readily available. This short video helps you figure out when to file, so that you don't miss out on grants, scholarships or other financial aid that you otherwise deserve!

 

USEFUL RESOURCES: https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/ https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/blog  https://www.youtube.com/c/AndyLockwood/

Get the best-selling book on financial aid for college planning: https://amzn.to/3xSGc7V

ABOUT LOCKWOOD COLLEGE PLANNING ==================================

Award-winning college consultants Andy and Pearl Lockwood are leading experts at getting students into their dream school, college or university, at discount tuition prices. That includes financial...

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3 Deadly Federal Student Aid Mistakes To Avoid (2022)

Uncategorized Sep 26, 2022
Lockwood College Prep
3 Deadly Federal Student Aid Mistakes To Avoid (2022)
9:09
 

In Today's Post:

00:00 - Introduction

00:22 - Mistake #1

02:48 - Mistake #2

05:04 - Mistake #3

 07:21 - Conclusion

USEFUL RESOURCES: https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/ https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/blog  https://www.youtube.com/c/AndyLockwood/

Get the best-selling book on financial aid for college planning: https://amzn.to/3xSGc7V

ABOUT LOCKWOOD COLLEGE PLANNING ==================================

Award-winning college consultants Andy and Pearl Lockwood are leading experts at getting students into their dream school, college or university, at discount tuition prices. That includes financial aid, college applications & admissions, scholarships, merit scholarships, merit aid, FAFSA, Ivy League, the business of college, and well, you get the idea. Andy coaches college-bound teens in choosing majors & careers, planning into a college list, then strategizing how to maximize chances of admission. He also helps families eligible...

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FAFSA Application NEWS - What You MUST Know!

Uncategorized Sep 19, 2022
Lockwood College Prep
FAFSA Application NEWS - What You MUST Know!
10:00
 

In Today's Blog:

00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - What is a FAFSA?

07:52 - Conclusion

 

USEFUL RESOURCES: https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/ https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/blog  https://www.youtube.com/c/AndyLockwood/

Get the best-selling book on financial aid for college planning: https://amzn.to/3xSGc7V

ABOUT LOCKWOOD COLLEGE PLANNING ==================================

Award-winning college consultants Andy and Pearl Lockwood are leading experts at getting students into their dream school, college or university, at discount tuition prices. That includes financial aid, college applications & admissions, scholarships, merit scholarships, merit aid, FAFSA, Ivy League, the business of college, and well, you get the idea. Andy coaches college-bound teens in choosing majors & careers, planning into a college list, then strategizing how to maximize chances of admission. He also helps families eligible for financial aid or scholarships, and...

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The TRUTH About the Student Loan Forgiveness Proposal (2022)

Uncategorized Sep 13, 2022
Lockwood College Prep
The TRUTH About the Student Loan Forgiveness Proposal (2022)
1:19:49
 

A look at college loan (Direct and PLUS loans) forgiveness...plus how to AVOID student debt and get your hands on grants and scholarships via the FAFSA, CSS Profile and other sources of college funds. 

USEFUL RESOURCES: https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/ https://www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com/blog  https://www.youtube.com/c/AndyLockwood/

Get the best-selling book on financial aid for college planning: https://amzn.to/3xSGc7V

ABOUT LOCKWOOD COLLEGE PLANNING ==================================

Award-winning college consultants Andy and Pearl Lockwood are leading experts at getting students into their dream school, college or university, at discount tuition prices. That includes financial aid, college applications & admissions, scholarships, merit scholarships, merit aid, FAFSA, Ivy League, the business of college, and well, you get the idea. Andy coaches college-bound teens in choosing majors & careers, planning into a college list, then strategizing how to...

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Should I take both the SAT and ACT?

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We normally start our students off with a diagnostic test, so we can assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses and recommend one test over the other.  About half of the students show a propensity for one test over the other, while the other half does equally well on both the SAT and ACT.  For the majority of students, it’s best to choose a single  test, focus all of their energy into that test, and stick with that test.  

 

There are several benefits to focusing on a single test.  It is better to focus on a single test and become an absolute expert in it. Mastering one test alone is far easier than splitting your attention between two different exams, with different pacing, different question types, and even different topics!  It is also a lot less stressful to study for a single test.

 

While it can be very rewarding, studying for the SAT or ACT is intensive, exhausting, and time consuming.  Adding a second test into...

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What happens when you can't qualify for student loans or parent loans?

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2022
 
College advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood chat about the Parent (PLUS) loan, how to qualify, what happens if you're unable to be approved, more.  
 
See LockwoodCollegePrep.com for more information.
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Summer SAT and ACT Preparation

I get a lot of questions from parents about using the summer to prepare for the SAT or ACT, because they want to take advantage of a calmer period of time, when students aren’t inundated with the demands of schoolwork and extracurriculars.  

 

Rising Juniors 

Since both tests include Algebra 2 questions, students who have already completed Algebra 2 will really benefit from summer preparation (and taking the exam in early fall/late summer).  For students who will be starting Algebra 2 in their junior year, using the summer to get a head start on test prep might be a good idea; however, it’s important that these students to take the test after they’ve completed a chunk of Algebra 2, so they should plan to do some prep during the school year and take the SAT or ACT in December or the early spring.

 

Rising Seniors

For seniors, it’s really important to use the summer to review/prepare for the exam.  I’ve seen many seniors...

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College admissions and financial aid trends and predictions

Uncategorized May 29, 2022
 
In this episode, originally broadcasted on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/lockwoodcollegeprep, Mondays at 10:00am), Pearl and Andy wrap up the key takeaways from their industry conference in dirty, disgusting downtown Philadelphia last week.  Topics included:
 
*Timing of FAFSA and other financial aid changes on the horizon
*Discussions with parents about debt
*Admissions rates
*Test-optional:  here to stay?
*2 minutes of uncontrollable giggling by Andy over a not-so-private joke with Harry the Intern
 
**Class of 2023 families:  lock in low tuition and pick up your *VALUABLE* new, Early Action Bonus for our summer Get College Ready Bootcamp, see LockwoodCollegePrep.com/bootcamp for details!
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Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now

Uncategorized May 10, 2022
 

Each month we tell clients "Here's What You Should Be Doing Now," so that they never have to wonder about deadlines for applications, financial aid, when to visit colleges, more. I hope you take the advice to heart! -Andy Lockwood Links mentioned in this episode: facebook.com.lockwoodcollegeprep lockwoodcollegeprep.com/bootcamp www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com

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