|With the projected decline in high school seniors attending college in the fall of 2021, it opens a host of opportunities for these students to attend colleges that may have been a reach for them in the past because of the enrollment decline. The goal is to find that sweet spot – the college that has good academics and liberal free scholarship money to boot. The question becomes how to best research those colleges that meet the student admission criteria (things like big vs. small etc). The second issue is to do the research to know which of those colleges will give you the most free scholarship money, Northeastern is great but BU gives more free scholarship money. Since SATs are more relevant than before it would be wise to have a student take an SAT prep class. The reason is that if two students are exactly the same in the eyes of the college admissions officer, the student with the higher SAT score would likely get selected. Student athletes will get a big boost from the athletic department to admissions. Lastly, the college essays will be a critical component in the admission counselor’s decision.|
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As a starting point, here are four important steps that parents can take to help their child chose the right college that the family can afford.
- Insure the financial stability of the college that they want to attend
- Verify that the college their child will attend has a strong, active mental health program
- Decide, in advance, if their child is going to college to learn how to think critically or to earn a living
- Understand the financial aid policies of the colleges.
This is just a starting point. Contact me using the contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss these and other steps you can take to insure your child has a good landing spot