5 Things You Should Be Doing as a College-bound High School Junior

Over the last 16 years, my team and I have secured more than eighty-five  million dollars in scholarships, from the colleges, for over 500 college-bound students and their families so that they pay less for college.  In the process, we have learned that proper college planning pays for itself – and yet so many families don’t allow for enough time to plan for the college results they want

Here are five things we advise our college-bound clients to do in order to get in to the colleges they want most.  Some of them may be useful to you.

  1. Take A Good Test Preparation Course To Get A Better SAT or ACT Score

Colleges are getting more and more competitive.  If they have an application from two students with the exact same grades and similar extra-curriculars… guess who they’re going to pick?

If you guessed the kid with the higher test scores, you were right.  The small investment you make in a test preparation course will pay off – it can make the difference between getting into an “O.K.” school and a prestigious university.  It can make the difference between getting an “O.K.” student loan and getting a scholarship instead.

  1. Start Visiting Colleges To Get A Better Sense of What Type of School Is Better Suited To Your Child.

Most high school students base their college decisions based on what they “know” – schools close to home, schools that appear on ESPN, what their friends say about a school.

Truth is, they don’t “know” a whole lot.  They know of the school.  They don’t know about the school.

It’s like seeing a house on the internet and deciding you’ll move in without ever seeing the inside.  Without digging past the surface and investigating a school, the odds more than double that a student is calling home five weeks into the first semester crying, “I’ve made a mistake.”

  1. Start Setting Up Your Personal Finances To Get The Maximum Amount of Money From Each School.

Do you have money saved in your child’s name? Are you planning on putting money into your retirement plan this year?  Do you know how much your home is really worth according to the financial aid formulas?

If you’re not sure what the answers should be to the above listed questions, you’ve got to find out!

A simple mistake in how you handle any of the above situations
can easily cost you THOUSANDS if not TENS of thousands in lost financial aid.

You must take control of the process and understand how the formulas work.  Then, and only then, can you take the legal and ethical steps possible to reduce the amount of money the schools will expect you to pay.

  1. Don’t Get Lulled Into A False Sense Of Security!

Most parents and students feel they have plenty of time.  Schools don’t help because they tell you “don’t worry.  This is easy.”  They’re leaving out a whole lot.  They waste your time telling you all you have to do is just take the SATs, slap together your applications, write your essay and complete the FAFSA.

If it were that easy, everyone would get in and everyone would get a scholarship.  Falling into a false sense of security is a big mistake.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate.

This is the most important point on the entire list.  If you let “vacation fever” take over, or figure “we’ve got plenty of time”…

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You’re Going To Lose A Lot of Money!

Since the financial aid your child will be awarded is based on the year BEFORE his freshman year it is imperative you start your planning NOW!  If you make the same mistake that most parents make – putting college planning off until “later” – then you can expect the same results that most parents get.

The Time To Do Something Is Right Now!

Let us help you with the first step:  Schedule your College Plan Review today.

What you don’t know about the college admissions and aid process CAN hurt your student’s chances of getting in and hurt your chances of getting scholarships to help with the college bill.

We’ll take your college goals and dreams into account and then review if what you’re currently doing is enough to make that happen.  If you’re on the right track, we’ll let you know and you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have things under control.

But what if you’re not on the right track?  Knowing that earlier in the process while you have time to make the needed changes will get you a better result.

Investing in a College Plan Review  is one of the smartest things you can do.  The session typically pays for itself.  We identify an average of $7,800 savings during the session.  Over four years of college, that savings can add up to over $31,000.  Let’s see what a Smart Plan For College could do for you.

Don’t “hope” you get in or get a scholarship – PLAN your way thereStart by scheduling your money-saving College Plan Review

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