I was chatting with a client the other day, his daughter had gotten into some pretty good schools. REALLY good colleges, actually.
What was the problem?
She – of course – wants to go to the college that offered ZERO in financial aid and scholarships.
70K smackeroos…per year.
She received great scholarship offers from several other, competitor colleges, including 50% off tuition from Choice #2. But of course none of these schools is as desirable as Full Boat U.
Here’s the kicker – had this client engaged us a year ago, instead of merely a few weeks ago, we could have helped him qualify for at least 25% off at the “Dream College.” His particular combination of modest income but high assets lends itself perfectly to our “sheltering” techniques.
He knew it, I knew it, but it wasn’t productive to bemoan the past. Instead, we’re trying to appeal the award, but I won’t lie – it’s not going so well. I wish we had met in his kid’s Junior year of high school.
If you have a Class of 2018, or younger kiddo, you’re “on the clock.” Financial aid, scholarships, college list, ACT/SAT test prep – there’s a lotta stuff that has to happen – with more urgency than you may think. High school ends in, what, 31/2 months?
I’m conducting two free workshops this month (one tonight) and our first ever open house this Saturday morning. The workshops are general in nature, “College Financial Aid, Scholarships and Admissions Secrets.”
Saturday’s open house is different – it’s an informal way for families interested in our college planning, financial aid and ACT/SAT prep services to kick the tires and play “Make A Deal” before we run out of capacity. You can meet the team – me, Pearl (a/k/a “Financial Aid Warrior”) and our tutor, Marissa (a/k/a “Marissa” 🙂 to ask us anything you want.
All info – including dates, times and locations – is posted here:
(Non-local folks – check out our webinar schedule at www.FinancialAidWebcast.com)
-Andy “Time Cop” Lockwood
P.S. Space is limited, so registration is first-come, first-served. Tonight’s event in Greenlawn is overbooked (according to Linda at the Harborfields Library, if you must know) but register anyway and you could get lucky with no-shows. Our open house is about 60% full, and our workshop in Garden City later this month is about 47% full so far.
So we’ve got room, for you and a friend or two 🙂 Pass this email along!