Your College Bound Kid | Scholarships, Admission, & Financial Aid Strategies
Summary: Each Thursday, the "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast will discuss a hot college admissions article; answer a question from a listener; interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions and do a Spotlight on a college. YCBK combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions with a lighthearted easy to listen to style.
2:40 - In the News: An article from the Huffington Post that talks about the sneaky ways that colleges try to sell students health insurance. 10:40 - Chapter 23 of 171 Answers: Mark shares tools that help your child determine what schools are strong in their intended major. 18:55 - This week’s question comes from a listener who asks for advice to help her with high levels of stress around college applications. 30:45 - Mark’s interview this week continues with college expert Brandi Smith.
2:30 - In the News: We talk about how student discipline infractions impact college admission decisions. 15:00 - Chapter 22 of 171 Answers: Mark will share a tool that will help you know what is the return on your investment for each college on your list... 21:00 -This week’s question asks if having several teacher recommendations would increase a student’s chance of college acceptance. 28:50 - Mark interviews Brandi Smith.
2:10 - In the News: We talk about a breaking announcement made by the University of Chicago and their transition into being a test-optional institution. 17:28 - Chapter 21 of 171 Answers: Mark will share a necessary exercise to determine what colleges you can afford before you start your college search. 23:50 - This week’s question segment is dedicated to bonus content from two of our previous episodes. 31:26 - Mark interviews Ron Smith of Howard University to discuss their Bison Scholarship.
2:02 - In the News: We discuss an article that views letters of recommendation as an unfair part of the college admissions process. 12:20 - Chapter 20 of 171 Answers: We talk about options for families that don’t have time or money to visit colleges. 22:02 - This week’s question asks when the college process should start. 31:18 - Mark’s interview this week is with Margarita Martinez who talks about why it’s critical for kids need to develop their writing skills.
1. In the News: We’ll discuss how schools are manipulating the US News & World Report’s college rankings. 2. Chapter 19 of 171 Answers: We talk about why and how your kid can use college reviews to learn more about the schools on their list. 3. This week’s question asks how financial aid impacts students that take a gap year. 4. Mark’s interview this week is with Carol Conchar of George Washington University to talk about the admissions process for theatre majors.
In the News: We’ll discuss an article that reviews studies that show students at test optional schools are achieving academic success. Chapter 18 of 171 Answers: We talk about a great way to learn about new colleges that may be interested in your kid as an applicant. This week’s question is from a mom who wants to know the purpose of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how it is used.
1. Chapter 16 of 171 Answers: We talk through some important factors that you and your kid should have for the colleges on their list. 2. This week’s question segment will discuss how important is it for students to take the ACT or the SAT with writing. 3. This week, Mark interviews Lauren Stenson, a recent high school graduate. Lauren speaks directly to students and parents by sharing what she did well and what she did wrong in the college process.
In the News: We’ll discuss an article that outlines 6 ways that your kid should be working with their college counselor. Chapter 16 of 171 Answers: We talk through some important factors that you and your kid should have for the colleges on their list. This week’s question segment will cover bonus content from our last few episodes.
In the News: We’ll discuss an article that talks about a creative strategy that some college applicants are using to increase their chances of acceptance. Chapter 15 of 171 Answers: We talk about making sure that you can afford all of the schools on your kid’s college lists. This week’s question is from a mom who wants to know if it’s worth completing the FAFSA application if they are not going to qualify for financial aid.
We talk through the importance making sure your kid only puts affordable colleges on their list. This week’s question is from a mom who needs to know what can be done to make over $140,000 in Parent PLUS loans more manageable. We have a special interview this week with Howard Rittenhouse, an Academy Admissions Partner for the Coast Guard Academy (link to @uscgacademy). Howard shares how attending the Academy can allow your kid to go to college for free, get paid to go, and graduate with a guaranteed job
Chapter 13 of 171 Answers: We talk through the range, or types, of schools that should be on your kid’s college list.
In the News: We’ll discuss an article that provides a compelling case for the need of colleges to overhaul how they evaluate student merit. Chapter 12 of 171 Answers: Many parents want to know how many colleges their kids should plan to apply to. This week’s question segment is dedicated to bonus content on the key topics from our last 5 episodes.
In the News: We discuss the issues and concerns around high school grades getting higher and higher. Chapter 11 of 171 Answers: You need to know the two ways that colleges evaluate your kid’s application for admission. This week’s question is from a dad who wants to know how to relieve stress in the college process for kids and parents.
In the News: We’ll review the pros and cons of borrowing from your 401k retirement plan to pay your kid’s college tuition. Chapter 10 of 171 Answers: We have a necessary conversation about parents that try to re-do their own lives through their kids in the college process. This week’s question asks how to communicate with a college that your kid wants to attend, after they have been wait-listed.
Mark brings a forward-thinking perspective by highlighting the projection of employment experts. The projection states that for pre-kindergarten students now, two-thirds of the jobs that will exist when they enter the workforce are not even on the radar today. What are the skills that will be absolutely required for these jobs of the future? Stephanie Espy, Author of the book STEM Gems featuring 44 leading women in STEM careers, and Founder of the test prep and tutoring company, Math SP