Can you guess the biggest problem that frustrates college applicants and their parents (esp. their “Primary Parents,” a/k/a “Mom”)?
It’s not financial aid and/or scholarships paperwork.
It’s not the essays.
It’s not even the general feeling of overwhelm, as in, “I don’t even know where to start or what questions to ask!”
These are daunting, fo’ sho’, but for my money, they’re not the Numero Uno biggie. My pick:
Running out of time.
But don’t take my word for it, ask any parent who’s been through the college application process, my guess is that 95% of them wish they had gotten “serious” earlier.
If you have a high school junior (Class Of 2018), we’re doing a free webinar geared toward you – 12 Summer To-Do’s For Class Of 2018 Families
Here’s a sneak peak at three of them, which may or may not make the final cut for Thursday’s class:
- Get a handle on the college essays, meaning put the Common App essay to bed by the end of July (even though the Common App gets released August 1, we already know the essay prompts, or questions).
- Figure out whether you can possibly qualify for need-based aid by using a tool like the FAFSA Forecaster to calculate your Estimated Family Contribution. But do not stop there – determine whether you can improve your eligibility by “sheltering” (not “hiding” – that’s so sleazy! 🙂 your assets legally and ethically.
- Manage expectations. Yes, it would be nice to brag about attending an Ivy League school, but if you’re an A minus kid with above average (but not record setting) ACT or SAT scores, you’d be smart to balance out your list. Parents, have that awkward conversation about FINANCES now, as in, Look, I hope you get into your “Dream College,” but we don’t know whether they’ll give us enough financial assistance to send you. This process is not solely about you and your needs, we have your siblings/our retirement/fill in the blank to consider also. Trust me, enduring the unpleasantness of this chat now will be much better than medium term severe pain in six months or so, when college acceptances roll in.
There’s your snippet! Lots more to come this Thursday night. This class is absolutely free to attend but we have not figured out whether we’re going to do a replay or not. All details are here:
Please forward/share with everyone you think could use this info!
Hope to see you on the interwebs Thursday night!
-Andy “Summer College Fun In The Sun” Lockwood