Monthly Archives: February 2014

Common Application Update For The Class of 2015

It is with great excitement that I send you this important update from the Common Application organization and its members. As you may know, the Common Application has over 500 members. This simply means that over 500 colleges and universities accept this one application which can help the applicant when applying to multiple colleges! The application from last year was a success and members have decided to keep the same prompts! YES!! Therefore, as a prospective applicant for the Class of 2015, you can take this time now to begin working on your essays regardless if you have your college list!

To read more about the Common Application update, click here.

Please take this time to read through the essay prompts below and come up with some ideas that you feel are a good fit to write about for your answer. Here are the prompts:

1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

College Prices and Affordability

Money, Money, Money…

If you have ever bought a car, planned a wedding or purchased a home, then you know how important it is to stay within your budget. College is another financial commitment! I often get the question, “Can we afford it?”

Money is a very important part for the majority of families looking to send their son or daughter to college. It is critical that this topic is discussed prior to filling out college applications. Allowing your student to have a realistic vision of which colleges are too pricey versus schools that are financially better for your family will help ease anxiety for all members. To answer some of your financial aid questions, simply visit the colleges of interest or pick up the phone and connect with a financial aid advisor. If you decide to visit the college, you should setup an appointment with the Financial Aid Officer while your student tours the campus.

Here are some great questions to ask:

What is the average financial aid package?
What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?
What is the average merit award?
What is the average college debt that students leave with?
What types of work-study opportunities are there for students?
Is the school need blind or need aware?
What formula does the school use for determining the financial need?
What are the deadlines for the CSS Profile and the FAFSA?

The FASFA is a Free Application for Federal Student Award. This can help you figure out how you will pay for your student’s college education. This application is available and should be completed before you file your taxes. The 2014-12015 application is available and can be filled out by visiting this website. Again, every family should fill out this form; it is FREE!

To help families with questions about the FAFSA, please attend one of the events at the College Goal Sunday USA. For information on Georgia events, click here. This is a FREE event and is sponsored by the GSFC.

Also note that Williams Educational Consultants now has a program that will help you figure out the potential college costs. Please speak with your Educational Consultant to learn more about this program.