Coping with financial uncertainty and creating a financially balanced college list
The events of the past few weeks have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college. Students’ best intentions to complete rigorous courses, take standardized tests on schedule, and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities are all expectations that we now find challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments may need to be revised. While we are…
For many seniors, April 1 marks the end of a long and often stressful period of uncertainty. Envelopes or emails from colleges will arrive, and the result is usually a definitive acceptance or denial. However, for students who are put on a college’s waiting list, the next steps are less clear. Due to Covid-19, waitlists are expected to be longer this year. With uncertainty around topics such as international students being able to get a Visa, families re-evaluating college cost,…
Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.
Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?
Evaluating College Options in a Time of Financial Uncertainty
The events of the past few weeks have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college. Students’ best intentions to complete rigorous courses, take standardized tests on schedule, and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities are all expectations that we now find challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments may need to be revised. While we are educational consultants,…
If the worst thing in life is not knowing, then the second worst thing might very well be knowing that the outcome you wanted did not come to pass. While receiving a denial at the end of the admissions process can be frustrating, there are many others who have found themselves in similar situations. Here are several articles that provide perspective and advice on dealing with this stressful and sometimes disappointing time:
Now that students are receiving their financial need-based and merit scholarship awards, it is important to look at the fine print. Colleges typically lump together grant aid, which is money that does not need to be paid back, with loans. When comparing awards, it is important to compare grants to grants and exclude loans from the comparison to truly evaluate which colleges are offering the best…
I hope you and your family are healthy and the current situation has not caused hardship for you. Try to remain calm about disruptions such as the test cancellations. As frustrating as this is, remember that colleges will be understanding about this unusual situation. It will all work out.
Here are steps to take between now and June:
Register for the June SAT, or the July ACT just to be safe. Do this ASAP as sites will fill.
As you no doubt have heard, College Board has cancelled this Saturday’s SAT in many locations affected by the coronavirus. This is a hardship and disappointment to so many students who have been practicing tirelessly to prepare for the test. It is also possible that future tests, such as the April ACT, may be impacted.
Here are steps to take:
If you are not sure if your high school has/will cancel a test, check the website of the school where you have been assigned to take the test.
With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) being declared a public health issue of international concern, we have taken the following steps in our practice to ensure that we can continue to serve you in the event of rising cases in our community:
Ensuring our employees have the structure and support, including technology and supplies, that they will need to work from home and meet with clients online so as not to interrupt any service.
Posting information in our office with reminders of
At this time of year the idea of attending college in sunny, warm Florida can seem awfully appealing. I recently visited two colleges in the Tampa area that attract many students from the northeast: Eckerd College and the University of Tampa.
Eckerd has 1,915 undergraduates and is situated on a beautiful 188-acre campus, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront. Its most popular major is business, but Eckerd is best known for its next most frequently chosen majors…