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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 okay, there are a lot more coming along.”

That reflection probably best describes our entry into the world of college planning with our first-born. We began by diving into the process the winter of his Junior year.   However, we have our rising sophomore engaged now in boosting his confidence and providing the internal motivation needed so he can take ownership of and develop a path for his future.

Here are some items to consider about your student’s high school career:

  • If a student is applying early decision to a school 67% of his/her GPA is a product of freshman and sophomore year grades.
  • Develop leadership opportunities early – a Senior Year jump into the robotics club to pad your resume doesn’t cut it to admission boards
  • Understanding learning styles, natural intelligence and developing possible career paths can begin as early as sophomore year
  • Provide internal motivation by visiting college campuses sooner rather than later.  This foster academic and personal development.
  • For the Class of 2020, FAFSA will look at your 2017 income.  We think it is incredibly important to understand your financial aid picture prior to placing schools in front of your student to consider.
The College Board has mapped out an excellent plan for Sophomore Parents.  Should you find you would like additional support to supplement your time and the work provided by your school’s guidance department we are standing by to support with our Sophomore On Your Way Package.

College Placement Consulting offers comprehensive college planning services.  In helping to identify each student’s next best step in the college process, our goal at CPC is to eliminate stress, de-mystify the process, and internally motivate each student by using state of the art resources and top notch specialists.  If you are interested in learning more, you can schedule a consultation here or contact us at 410-822-4500 or info@teamcpc.com

 

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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 ...
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