Category Archives: College Planning

Why good grades don’t pay for college

Using data to set parent and student expectations upfront is vital to the college planning process.  That is why at CPC before creating any suggested college list we meet with the parents to review the FAFSA, their expected financial contribution and a range of acceptable college costs to include savings, cash payments, and loans. Parents … Continue reading Why good grades don’t pay for college

Eleven Misconceptions About Paying for College

It happens every year.  Parents are shocked that their student’s college didn’t award their student enough, or even any, financial aid.  Many went into the process of applying for financial aid with the wrong ideas of how it works.  Here is the truth about some of the most common misconceptions:   FAFSA doesn’t award financial … Continue reading Eleven Misconceptions About Paying for College

Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Most students who are seriously considering applying to one of the U.S. military academies also are encouraged to investigate the ROTC programs in colleges in universities.  The eligibility requirements are very similar for both options.  Both GPA and SAT/ ACT  standards are high; there is a rigorous physical exam for both, and there is an … Continue reading Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Some students choose an alternative route to their university education through the U.S. military academies. There are four federal military service academies the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, NY. As a … Continue reading Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Is my student falling behind or just temporarily struggling – How to know?

With first-quarter grades posted now is the time to assess.  Remember for many students 67% of the GPA reported on their college applications is baked in by the end of their sophomore year.  Underclassman grades count. First, we recommend identifying which subjects are cumulative in nature.  Cumulative subjects are much more difficult to regroup from … Continue reading Is my student falling behind or just temporarily struggling – How to know?

Reduce Your College Debt Through Early College Credit!

Some college students learned the secret of early college credit and harnessed its power to knock off a semester or even a year of college costs.  Want to discover this secret?  Thankfully, you don’t have to dig too deep, early college credit is available in several ways and all can be accomplished while your student … Continue reading Reduce Your College Debt Through Early College Credit!

CPC’s Resource Center helps boost student confidence and success

  Teaching high school students to self-advocate now will reap the rewards in their college years and help expand their college options.  We want to provide students the confidence, and internal motivation to interact with their teachers, utilize office hours and seek support. To help facilitate that growth College Placement Consulting now offers small group … Continue reading CPC’s Resource Center helps boost student confidence and success

When to Start Cultivating Scholarships

Friends often ask me, “What can I do now to help my high school aged son/daughter to get prepared for college… more specifically, to find scholarships to pay for college!”  Let’s face it, the cost of college can be a shock to the system.  In fact, costs have surged more than 538% since 1985 meaning … Continue reading When to Start Cultivating Scholarships

Admission Readiness – Grade Your Current College Profile

Student introspection re strengths as a college applicant should begin as early as the sophomore year but certainly, juniors need to take stock now. Strength of high school curriculum tops each college admission review Sciences – Will you have taken at least 2 lab courses by graduation? Foreign Language – Will you have taken at … Continue reading Admission Readiness – Grade Your Current College Profile

Early Applications – When to show ’em and when to hold ’em

Looking for a way to boost admission odds without obligating yourself to attend?  The list below details some colleges with early action admission rates that provide a bump. On the other hand, if your student is still working hard on their first semester grades and one more shot at improving their test scores and the schools on … Continue reading Early Applications – When to show ’em and when to hold ’em

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