Category Archives: For Juniors

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

Understanding a school’s commitment to your major

Not all colleges that offer the same majors are the same in the strength of the program.  Use the list below as a guideline to ask the right questions while on campus or researching a school    “To Do List” Resource Review Online Catalog Academic Page on School’s Website Breadth of Courses Depth of Courses … Continue reading Understanding a school’s commitment to your major

Should You Get SAT Question and Answer Service for Score Verification?

CPC recommends students use the results of their first SAT to study for their second (or third) attempt. Question and Answer Service – The question and answer service is a full disclosure guide to your scores and is available for an extra fee for the October, March and May tests.  It includes: A booklet copy of … Continue reading Should You Get SAT Question and Answer Service for Score Verification?

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

Do Colleges Look at a Senior’s First Quarter or First Semester Grades?

For Regular Decision, your colleges will definitely use your first quarter grades and almost always the first semester grades, too, unless they come out atypically late. It doesn’t really matter when you submit your applications because, once colleges know the marking period has ended, they will want your senior grades before issuing a verdict. The Common Application has a … Continue reading Do Colleges Look at a Senior’s First Quarter or First Semester Grades?

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

Funding College–Understanding Your Options

Hang around with a group of high school parents and you’re bound to hear them discussing college. Eventually, the conversation will turn to the topic of funding college. You’ll hear worried conversations about the rising cost to attend. Some will be concerned that they might not qualify for financial aid or that they haven’t saved … Continue reading Funding College–Understanding Your Options

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