It’s early June, but for soon to be high school seniors, the fall will be here before we know it.
Let’s plan for success🏆: Here’s my list of ways for your child to get ahead this summer:
1. Hit the college tour trail – Take advantage of time over the summer and hit some of the schools on your child’s list. But wait! Do you know what schools will fit your budget? Have a college money talk with your child first to make sure they know what you can afford before stepping foot on campus.
2. Start your college essay – Your child doesn't have to finalize their essay this summer but getting a head start will simplify their process come application time. Spending an hour mapping out possible topics is a great start. With many schools staying test optional, the essay holds a greater importance than ever before.
3. Get involved with community service – We like to think of community service as much more than a high school graduation requirement. Hint hint: for your child, volunteering their time at organizations offering college scholarships in the spring will likely increase their odds of landing one of these awards. Not to mention that they’ll be making connections around the community that can help to land future positions.
4. Know your deadlines – Keep a calendar to stay organized. Keep track of the early action and regular decision dates for the schools on your child’s list as well as dates to apply for local and national college scholarships.
5. Speak with a professional – Before you start touring schools, do you know how much your family can afford? For the financial side of college, speaking with a Certified College Planning Specialist™ can help you to know what schools will be in your family’s budget. Based on your child’s academics and family financials, they may be able to suggest schools that may be more likely to provide more financial aid. There’s a lot of money at stake here. Speaking with a professional, you’ll be able to evaluate strategies to reduce the cost and provide you with the confidence that your child is attending a great school at a great price.
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All the best,
Andrew Holmes, Certified College Planning Specialist™
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