Category Archives: For Sophomores

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?

Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

Parents frequently ask CPC the question – when should my student start preparing for the SAT/ACT?  The less obvious answer is to start working on study habits now to be able to prep down the road. “Students who have not made the shift from middle to high school study habits will miss the boat even … Continue reading Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

Sophomores and Financial Aid: What you need to know this academic year

Sophomore year may seem a bit early to be planning for funding college, however, understanding your financial aid picture early can save you down the road. Step 1 – Review financial aid strategies to include the following Expect the minimum cost of attendance to at least being that of your state’s flagship university.  2018-2019 cost … Continue reading Sophomores and Financial Aid: What you need to know this academic year

Sophomores – Knowing Your EFC Now To Prepare

Your EFC is the number colleges will use to calculate your need for financial aid. You can get an estimate of your EFC at the College Board and sophomores should do so before January 1 of your sophomore year to take advantage of all possible opportunities for reducing it. The Base EFC Year for the class of … Continue reading Sophomores – Knowing Your EFC Now To Prepare

How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

How early is too early to start the college planning process? Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s was a father of 9 and a humorous man.  He had a statement that is one of my favorites: “In a big family, the first child is kind of like the first pancake.  If it’s not perfect, that’s … Continue reading How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

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