NEWSLETTER – Edition 38

THE FAFSA IS COMING!

Yes, the FAFSA officially opens on October 1. That means that now is a good time to make sure that your family understands some key financial concepts:

FAFSA, CSS Profile and IDOCS
Expected Family Contribution
Tools – FAFSA4caster and College Navigator
Cost of Attendance
Net Price Calculator
Financial Aid – Merit vs. Need-Based; and why college endowments matter
Loans – Federal (subsidized vs. unsubsidized) vs. Private
Fee Waivers
How to Evaluate Financial Aid Packages
Scholarships – renewable, stackable, tied to GPA and/or major
529 Plans

In my role as a college admissions consultant, I know the financial piece of college exploration is critical. Understanding these key concepts and exploring them early in the college admissions process leads to better decisions along the way. As with all aspects of the admissions process, no two students are alike. And my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you learn about all of these key financial concepts! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: I would love the opportunity to speak to students and their families about these financial concepts. If your school needs a resource for a general presentation on the ins and outs of college costs, please let me know. I would be happy to share my knowledge and answer any general questions about the financial piece of college admissions. Please contact me by email or by calling 405-906-7044.


COLLEGE NEWS

Writing for The New York Times, Ann Carrns tells us what’s new and what remains the same with this year’s FAFSA. One key point: “When should I fill out the FAFSA? As soon as possible after it becomes available on Oct. 1, financial aid experts say. Many states and colleges use the form to determine scholarship aid, and some programs award the money on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are depleted.” Find the article HERE.


A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Amazon is launching live, virtual career panels where Amazon employees share their career journeys as well as insights on careers in tech. Topics include:

Day in the Life of A Software Development Engineer
Day in the Life of a UX Designer
Reflections from Amazon Future Engineer Student Interns
Amazon Transportation 101
Transportation for Good

The sessions are FREE and open to the public. Find more information and register for sessions HERE


SCOUT-ING REPORT

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: Wondering how to best prepare for the college admissions process? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!             

SENIORS: Need help exploring colleges? Does the Common App process have you stumped? I am here to help! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

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