NEWSLETTER – Edition 4

NEED, MERIT AID, & SCHOLARSHIPS – OH, MY!

Whether you have an eighth grader or a high school senior, you should be considering how you will pay for college. Maybe your student will qualify for need-based financial aid. In most cases, families will be scrambling to find merit aid and scholarships. However, the sooner you make a game plan, the more likely you’ll know what funds are available and how to ensure that your student qualifies. The financial aspect of college is just one of the facets I review when working with your family. And it’s the topic of this week’s biggest story you may have missed! Plus, in today’s weekly update you’ll find the latest news from colleges and get a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 


COLLEGE NEWS

While many colleges and universities went ‘test optional’ for the most recent admissions cycle, that does not mean that ‘test optional’ will be the new normal. Your best bet is to have scores, and then you can decide how to use them. Details for the next round of testing include: 

SAT
The next test is March 13, and the deadline to register is February 12. The only OKC Metro testing location is the Oklahoma School of Science and Math. More information can be found HERE

ACT
The next test is April 17, and the deadline to register is March 12. Testing locations within the OKC Metro include Deer Creek High School, Edmond North and Edmond Sante Fe, Putnam City, Putnam City North and Putnam City West, Parkview Adventists Academy, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma School of Science and Math. Testing sites also available in Midwest City, Jones, Bethany, Guthrie, Moore, Yukon, and Choctaw. More information can be found HERE


A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Ron Lieber hit The New York Times on Saturday with an article about merit aid and colleges. The blockbuster headline is “Your Child’s Grades Could Fetch $100,000.” But, it’s the byline that says it all: “Your eighth grader probably ought to know how it works.” And so should you! You can find the article HERE. If you want to take a deeper look at the concept of merit aid and how it might be the ideal scenario for your student, please contact me


SCOUT-ING REPORT

Eighth and ninth graders continue to be my immediate focus. Students in these grades and their families are invited to engage in my Road Map Session. For about ninety minutes, we will look at college and life goals and then build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies to help your student pursue those goals. We will also identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs that your student might consider pursuing in the next year. It’s the perfect time to get started. Ultimately, I’m here to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me. 

Book of the Week: I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working hard on my New Year’s resolutions. #goals! This week, I needed a source of encouragement and found it in Ashly Perez’s book, Read this for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life. Maybe you and your student need a little inspiration as well. Check it out!     

REMINDER: The scholarship cycle never ends. If your Class of 2021 Senior has already been accepted to his/her ideal college and now needs help finding the funds to make that choice a reality, I can help. You could spend countless hours looking for scholarships on a variety of websites and come away feeling overwhelmed. Instead, I will help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. Use the link to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

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