Planning for College

Getting in to the college of your choice and receiving financial aid - are those priorities for your family?  Although most parents envision college for their children, too often they relegate creating a viable plan to the edges of their time and energy.  In every respect - for parents and child - that is a mistake no one can afford.

You have heard the statistic, haven't you, that the costs of attending college have risen over the past quarter-century at about double the rate of inflation?  Your ability to afford college is shrinking at twice the rate of your ability to afford anything else.  Making the most of the college years, therefore, is more important than ever.  A good plan is practical, helpful and rewarding.

CPA's, financial advisors, neighbors, relatives and water-cooler buddies are common sources of information for parents.  Among them anyone who is currently blazing a trail through the forest of college selection, admissions and financial aid may have some helpful information and advice.  But even that is not absolutely true.    Some parents really dig in, and learn thoroughly the "college game."  Others spend, borrow and scramble, leaving the rest up to their student.  Besides, every family represents their own unique set of circumstances.  Your friend's experience may not be yours at all.  At Succeed Where It Counts, we are specialists in college planning. 

School Guidance Counselors are among the most overworked in society. 476:1 is the national, counselor-to-student ratio. According to a US Department of Education study (published in 2011) high school students receive, on average, 38 minutes of college admissions advice at their schools. 

College is more than just furthering education beyond high school.  It is a transition, a life event and for many students the last, major epoch in the formation of their identity. At Succeed Where It Counts we invest our time every week keeping up with the college game.  We offer you two hours of consult time at no charge, and with no obligation.  We will help you sort out the facts about your, unique situation.  We work with families with very young children, right on through the high school years.  "The sooner the better" is always true about college planning.

Recommended strongly for every student is this approach:

  1. Identify a preferred career field.
  2. Identify a college major and minor well-suited to that field.
  3. Identify several colleges highly respected in those courses of study.

Why?  Because it is too expensive to depend on luck!  The most expensive year of college is the one you didn't plan for.  Too often, students need a 5th or even a 6th year to complete their degree because of inadequate planning from the start.

Choosing a college is a very important task.  Succeed Where It Counts provides a methodology for choosing well.  Contact us today.  We have an appointment time for you to get started.