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  • College & University Selection: This college admissions process is one of the most overlooked steps. You are not going to get what you should out of your college education if you rush through this step and miss out on applying to your best fit colleges. You could even run the risk of not being accepted into your top-choice programs.
Moreover, your admissions chances will be the highest at the schools where you are a good “fit.” We can help you select these schools, thereby, maximizing both your probabilities of gaining admission and attending the optimal school for you based on your goals and interests.
  • Admission Strategies: Collegian International helps each of our clients develop a personalized admissions strategy and formulate a “story” that will set the over-riding themes of their applications. We will also determine the best way to highlight the applicant’s strengths and to address any weaknesses in their academic background or extracurricular experiences.
  • Drafting & Polishing Personal Statements and Essays: Collegian International helps select the content of the student’s personal statements and essays, and advise them on how that material should be presented. We use our intimate knowledge of the college admissions process to carefully scrutinize each easy for opportunities to advance our clients’ cases to the admissions committees. We also review essays to ensure that the content serves to advance the client’s chosen admission strategy, rather than becoming sidetracked. As a final step, we proofread each essay for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

 

Please note, however, that we never write personal statements or essays for any client.

  • Interview Preparation: Collegian International helps our clients prepare for college admissions interviews. We advise them on what to expect, how to prepare, what to say, and how to say it. We conduct mock admissions interviews and provide constructive critiques on interview performance. These mock sessions teach our clients what to expect in an actual interview, and they also help them to relax and therefore perform better when they are actually interviewed by admissions committees and alumni of their top-choice colleges.
  • Evaluating Admissions Options: Collegian International helps clients understand and analyze their options when they receive simultaneous and multiple admissions offers from top colleges. We can help you evaluate such factors as career opportunities, social life, and financial aid, and how each one fits into your admissions acceptance decisions.
  • Pre Admissions Consulting: Collegian International often works with high school students who want to know what they can do over the coming one to 4 years, prior to their high school graduation, to increase their chances of being admitted to their top-choice colleges and universities. We give advice on course selection and study habits, and on part-time work and extracurricular pursuits that will enhance their applications to make them more attractive to the top colleges. We offer comprehensive admissions consulting packages that cover scheduled and occasional unscheduled appointments to discuss college selection and positioning, and to provide assistance with as many college applications as the client wishes to complete during his or her senior year of high school. These packages cover applicants as young as eighth grade. You can try us our by signing up for a one hour initial consultation – if you come back for a package, you can deduct the cost of that hour from the package price!
  • Other College Admissions Services:
    • SAT/ACT advice
    • Evaluation of the majors offered at different colleges and universities
    • Information on extracurricular activities and part-time jobs
    • Tips on how to succeed in college
    • Guidance on obtaining good letters of reference
  • Stress Relief: The college application process can be extremely stressful. Many clients have told us that we have helped them enormously just by being there to answer quick questions or to give them ideas for essays. Otherwise, they said, they would have just spun their wheels. While we view ourselves as admissions consultants who help our clients maximize their chances of getting accepted into their top-choice programs, we do acknowledge that stress relief is a valuable byproduct for many of our clients.
  • One Final Note: This list is by no means all-encompassing. We have been consultants for clients on many other college-related issues. Each week we field many short, 5 to 15 minute phone calls from clients who have questions on a variety of college admissions, majors, social life, and other college-related topics. Chances are, if you facing an admissions issue, we have dealt with it before, either on behalf of a client or through our own experiences.

 

COLLEGIAN’s College Funding Program

Student Positioning Sessions

  • Online aptitude session designed to confirm or focus a student’s career goals. The aptitude test searches for possible career avenues for the student and appropriate majors to pursue.   
  • Comprehensive College Search of four year public and private schools in order to identify which schools match the student’s academic/athletic skills and personality profile.

Initiate a College Tracking List (CTL)

  • Provide a list of items to be completed throughout the Junior and Senior year
  • This list lets you know what we are doing and when.
  • Dates note when we anticipate completion of each step.
  • The CTL is a step by step forms completion strategy

Enrollment Information and College Aid

  • Provide a Freshman Profile that analyzes incoming student rankings, SAT/ACT scores, male/female ratios and cultural diversity.
  • Examine each schools quality of education based on their student/faculty ratio, the percentage of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees, the percentage of freshman who return for their sophomore year, and the percentage of students who graduate within 4, 5 or 6 years.
  • Analyze the student’s financial need and the amount (and type) of financial aid offered by the selected schools

Financial Data Analysis

  • Complete review of all insurance policies, investment/retirement accounts, and real estate and business holdings. Careful analysis of these assets may enable us to reposition assets to maximize financial aid eligibility.
  • Create Tax planning and funding strategies based on the family’s income and asset position throughout the student’s college years.
  • Develop a retirement plan based on college funding alternatives. 
  • Counsel family on their public and private loan options. 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Do not minimize the importance of this form.
  • This form must be completed to qualify for financial aid.
  • This form is completed online with our guidance as necessary.

Confirm accuracy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).

  • Verify the results of the FAFSA filing and correct any errors.

Register your family for the Financial Aid Profile (FAP).

  • This form must be submitted only to certain colleges for financial aid considerations.
  • You must register to obtain this form or acquire the opportunity to do it online.
  • This registration is completed online.
  • Complete the Financial Aid Profile
  • This application is completed online for the family.
  • The FAP is more complicated than the FAFSA
  • The FAP needs to be consistent with the FAFSA.

Complete college generated financial aid forms

  • Some schools have their own forms.
  • School forms are just as important as the FAFSA and the FAP.
  • We DO NOT fill out scholarship applications or admissions applications.

 

Evaluate Award Letters and Direct the Appeal Process

  • Analyze award letters and, if necessary, draft a letter to the financial aid office on your behalf.
  • Counsel the family with the appeal process and assist in negotiations with the school’s financial aid officers.
Financial Program: Your family’s customized plan will contain the following:

 

FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CANDIDATES

  • An estimate of your ESTIMATED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC): The amount the college will EXPECT you to contribute annually toward the cost of attendance (COA).
  • Strategies to increase your financial aid eligibility: These strategies, selected from our knowledge base of financial aid enhancing strategies based on your particular situation, can help you increase financial aid eligibility and reduce your out-of-pocket college costs
  • Projected Financial Aid: COLLEGIAN INTERNATIONAL will project an estimate of the amount and type of financial aid you may receive at a college of your choosing, with and without implementing the financial aid enhancing strategies available to you.
  • Investment and Funding Strategies: COLLEGIAN INTERNATIONAL will suggest investment and funding strategies for paying your part of education expenses. Appropriateness of the options with respect to their effort on eligibility for financial aid will be included. Selecting the wrong options can dramatically impact financial aid eligibility. For covering shortfalls in funds, loan strategies are included and ranked based on your particular circumstances.
  • Roadmap: Practical strategies for effectively navigating the financial aid “maze” and legitimately leveraging the “system” to your family’s benefit.

FOR NON-FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CANDIDATES

  • Income and Asset Planning Strategies: These strategies, contained in our knowledge base and specific to college planning, can be employed to help reduce college costs. Many of these strategies can be employed to increase cash flow, which can help pay education expenses (or be reallocated). Based on your responses to the outline questionnaire, the expert system will be include in your plan the applicable income and asst planning strategies that can help you reduce your college bill.
  • Savings and Funding Strategies, with these objectives:

Savings options that are suited for dual purpose – college or retirement, allowing for maximum flexibility and control

Strategic use of 529 College Savings Plans, including the tax saving from using your state’s 529 Plan as part of your overall college savings and funding plan

  • Identify potential surpluses of funds that could be reallocated (retirement savings, debt reduction, etc.)
  • Efficient strategies for covering potential shortfall in resources available for college
  • Opportunities for reallocating current savings into more effective and efficient financial instruments
  • Tax savings opportunities for the family
  • Strategies for maximizing education tax credits