Category Archives: Parent Help

Catholic Colleges & Universities – are they an option for my student?

In our work at College Placement Consulting,  Susan Patterson and I include Catholic Colleges and Universities on our students’ suggested college lists for a wide variety of reasons.   Frequently a Catholic College or University will check many of the boxes for a student’s key college criteria – preferred location, majors offered, excellent education, campus … Continue reading Catholic Colleges & Universities – are they an option for my student?

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

Why A Resource Center?

Some teenagers bloom later than others and we never know what will be their “ah ha” moment.  CPC’s Resource Center provides students the “educational guardrails” to understand a path, keep on track and allows designated professionals to reinforce the parental viewpoint of the importance of grades.   What High School Students Think When You Tell … Continue reading Why A Resource Center?

Ten Mistakes That Could Cost You Financial Aid

The FAFSA and CSS profile are complicated financial forms but they are the ticket to receiving needed financial aid for college.  Listed below are some of the common mistakes parents make which may cost them. Failing to file the FAFSA This is the “go to” form for most colleges and universities to determine the need … Continue reading Ten Mistakes That Could Cost You Financial Aid

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

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

Get to the Point! The College Essay

What is the Point of the College Application Essay? Much of the college application is quantitative, for example, your GPA and standardized tests scores. The application essay is the college’s effort to humanize the process and to add a qualitative element to their admissions decisions. They want to know something about the applicant, as a … Continue reading Get to the Point! The College Essay

The College Visit-A Family Affair

Are you considering making a few stops at colleges during your next vacation and wondering what to do with the younger ones? Make it a family affair and everyone will benefit! There is nothing like actually walking around a campus and talking to a handful of people to help a student determine whether this could … Continue reading The College Visit-A Family Affair

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