Dear fellow parent:
Let me tell you about the worst advice – ever – that I heard from a guidance counselor, a few months ago. But before I drop this bomb, let me tell you why I’m sharing it, besides pure shock value…
…and what it means for you.
As the parent of four, including two in high school, I know how overwhelming it is to bring up kids. In our district, we’re bombarded with email blasts about:
- General info about EVERYTHING happening each day
- Athletic schedule updates
- Club meeting dates, times, locations
- Critical cafeteria-related information, such as new gluten-free menu items that my kids will ignore they way they blow off 99% of the other choices
- Visits from reps from colleges we have no interest in
- Announcements about important policy changes such as locker cleanliness or “drop off” procedures
- Dates for the next installment in a series of anti-bullying presentations
I could go on, but you get the point – it’s impossible for a regular parent who actually works for a living or doesn’t have two full-time housekeepers to stay on top of everything.
If you have a kid headed to college in the next one-three years, here’s where it gets worse.
Most high schools have their “college nights” weeks, or months, AFTER early admissions deadlines and priority financial aid forms filing deadlines for many colleges. What good does a financial aid meeting in January do if your deadline to file was November?
Much of the information presented is inapplicable to your kid, incomplete or, even worse, flat out wrong. Recently a parent at one of my workshops told me that the speaker at his high school, a representative from a local college financial aid office, warned the crowd that her college financial aid office would “take” their 401K and other retirement accounts into consideration when evaluating how much aid to award.
The only problem with this statement is that the FAFSA (the financial aid form required by this and every college) tells you, clearly, NOT to include retirement account information. So any parent taking this representative’s advice would needlessly disclose information that would, plain and simple, DISQUALIFY them from receiving grants and other financial aid that they deserve – and need!
Finally, clarity and confidence that you’re not blowing deadlines, missing on opportunities or sabotaging your chances of college success
After months (years, if I want to be really honest with myself about how lazy I am), I decided to do something about this problem. I’ve launched the College Success for Less Report, a monthly newsletter for overwhelmed parents of college-bound teens who don’t have – or don’t want – to spend the time wading through the emails and websites and college guidebooks, only to end up more frustrated and confused than before they started down that rabbit hole.
This is a “hard copy” newsletter, delivered to your door, by the way. Not another email to clog up your inbox. (Back issues will be available to subscribers on a website.)
Each month, you will receive a short, easily digestible issue that reveals tested and proven strategies and tips on college admissions, scholarships and financial aid that actually work on Planet Earth. Not ill-founded, abstract theory, half-baked truths or urban legends that you may have picked up from websites, Facebook (where apparently everyone gets admitted to their top choice college) or your know-it-all sister-in-law whose kid got in ED to Penn.
Here is what you will receive as a subscriber to the College Success for Less Report
- Timely updates about changes to financial aid. Example: recently, the Department of Education moved up the timeline for the FAFSA, changed their rules about which tax return applicants must submit, and changed the way applicants sign via their PIN. All in one year!
- SAT and ACT changes and strategies
- Admissions trends – which colleges are hot, which are “Not”
- Case studies – look over my shoulder as I advise my private clients on admissions strategies, college essays, extracurricular activities, financial aid and scholarships
- Interviews with ultimate “insiders,” including admissions officers from top colleges, career and majors experts who can help identify satisfying and potentially lucrative fields of study
- Resources including websites to identify merit-based scholarships from colleges, “outside” scholarships, important, timely articles, recommended books and other noteworthy, helpful information
- College loan info – where to find loans with better rates and fees that what the college or government may offer, tips on how to qualify, more
- Unique strategies and advice for business owners
- “Fun” stuff (contests, occasionally funny jokes)
- Topics YOU want me to cover via our special “Ask Andy” mailbox!
Special Charter Subscriber deal and bonuses if you subscribe today
You can test drive the College Success Report for 30 days – one full month – for only the cost of postage and handling of the first issue, a measly $4.95.
Info worth thousands, delivered to your door for less than the cost of your daily latte
Thereafter, as one of our Charter Subscribers, your investment will be only $29.95 per month instead of paying the full $49.95, a tidy 40% off! This is your reward for taking action today, for finally taking a big leap forward toward creating a winning college plan!! You can cancel anytime without penalty, unlike a gym membership or cell phone contract.
My private consulting clients fork over more than $8,500 regularly for the same information you will invest mere pennies for. Just between us, I hope you can sleep at night, untroubled that you’re stealing this much valuable info from me, albeit with my grudging consent! 🙂
Seriously, I’ll try almost anything to get you to join up because I just know how much you’ll love this newsletter. To further “bribe” you to dip your toe in the water, we’re offering these valuable bonuses, but only if you start your trial subscription today.
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If you decide during your 30 day trial subscription that the College Success Report is not right for you, the bonuses are yours to keep as my way of saying thanks for giving our information and approach a try. (Besides, I’m going to email them to you, so what am I going to do, sneak in and wipe your hard drive?)
A note on who should NOT subscribe
I am the first to admit that my approach is not right for everybody. So, as a public service, I thought it would be helpful to identify the types of folks who I hope take a pass on this offer:
- Know-it-alls who don’t really want an expert’s opinion
- Parents 100% thrilled with their guidance counselor’s advice
- Easily offended people
- People who take themselves way too seriously and have no sense of humor
- People who delight in identifying typographical errors so they can point them out to others and feel better about themselves
- Politically-correct, closed-minded people with hyphenated last names
I’m kinda-sorta kidding about those last two, but you get the point – I’m going to write each issue not only to inform but also to to entertain.
Let me be even more transparent, this report will be a pain in the tush for me to do. But it’s also Writing a labor of love for me. My thinking is that, if I’m going to struggle to put out an issue each month, I might as well make it as fun as I can. Consider yourself warned!
OK, this letter is long enough! What are you waiting for, get thy buns over to our shopping cart, start your test drive today before this deal – and bonuses – go away!
P.S. Almost forgot – here’s the stupidest advice ever from a guidance counselor, given to one of my private consulting clients last year: Your resume is too braggy, you might be insulting to an admissions officer who didn’t have the same accomplishments when they were in high school.”
Really? Isn’t the whole point of the application to stand out? To answer the question, “Why should we take YOU compared to these 5,000 other candidates with the same grades and scores?? Grrrrr, i feel my blood pressure spiking again just thinking about this!