YCBK14: The Importance of Having Financial Match Schools on Your Kid’s College List [Transcript]
YCBK15: Using Cost Calculators to Ensure You Can Afford the Colleges on Your Kid’s List

YCBK14: The Importance of Having Financial Match Schools on Your Kid’s College List

In this week’s episode…

In the News (2:15): We’ll review an article found in the US News & World Report that talks about the growing trend among colleges and universities offering 2nd-semester admissions to applicants.

Beth Brophy
US News
This article titled “A Spring College Admissions Offer May Be Worth Accepting”, was written on September 20th, 2016 by Beth Brophy.

In this week’s book discussion (11:00): of Chapter 14 of 171 Answers: to the Most-Asked College Admissions Questions we answer the question, “Why is it important to have Financial Match Schools at Various Levels of Selectivity on your college list”.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
We discuss how often students select schools that are not affordable. Mark and Anika have a conversation about the fact that most families don’t know that they can know before they apply whether a college is affordable (in most instances). This discussion is our fourth of 18 consecutive weeks where we address a range of subjects that are designed to help a student to build their college list. (Length 7:11)

This week’s question (18:11) is from Nicky in Alexandria, Virginia.

Nicky wants to know what advice does Mark have to help her manage or reduce her $140,000 in Parent PLUS loans. Anyone with Parent PLUS loans will want to listen to this segment as Mark shares some detailed but encouraging advice that is not commonly known. (Length 13:30)

We have a special interview with Howard Rittenhouse, (31:41) 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.

Howard Rittenhouse
Howard Rittenhouse is an Academy Admissions Partner for the Coast Guard Academy. Howard is also a parent of a Coast Guard Academy cadet. Howard discusses who an ideal candidate is for the Coast Guard Academy. He shares what the CGA is looking for and how they evaluate an applicant. He lets our listeners know what a typical day is like at the CGA and he discusses how the CGA is different from West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force. Howard talks about the benefits of getting your education at the Academy (https://www.uscga.edu/). Howard’s interview is two part interview that is on episode 14 and 15. To hear part 1 of this interview, go to 31:41 (14 minutes long).


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