Scholarships and Awards: Sticker Price, Net Price, and the Financial Aid in Between
This workshop will provide case studies to illustrate the difference between a college's sticker price v. net price while defining and examining the various types of financial aid, i.e. unsubsidized loans, subsidized loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study. In addition, we will explore how to earn "free money" and how to interpret financial award letters.
The College Application: Spotlight on Extracurricular Activities and Recommendation Letters
This workshop will explain how a student's extracurricular profile and recommendation letters can enhance their overall college applications. Through clear examples, we will examine the best ways to shine a spotlight on a student's extracurricular activities. In addition, participants will learn who is best to write their college recommendation letters, how and when to approach them, and how self-reflection forms can ensure the best possible letters are written.
Researching Colleges: A Guided Tour
During this workshop, participants learn to prioritize various criteria, e.g. size, location, school setting, course offerings, etc. that make a particular set of colleges a good fit. In addition, we will look at multiple online tools and resources for researching colleges and learn how certain factors at each college, e.g. selectivity, retention, and graduation rates, can guide a student's decision whether or not to apply to or attend that school.
College Bound: An Overview
This introductory workshop will equip students and their families with the basic concepts of the college admissions process. Topics covered include: preparing for college now, the SAT and ACT, basic college researching, the college application process, what colleges look for in an applicant, college majors, and a comprehensive college timeline for middle and high school students.