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YCBK34: There is Hope for the C Student [Transcript]

YCBK34: There is Hope for the C Student

In this week’s episode…

In the News (2:30): We review an article written on August 17th, 2018 by Brennan Barnard of Forbes entitled, “College Applicants Reflect on Lessons Learned”.

Brennan Barnard
Listen to the wisdom that these college seniors communicate to themselves and bequeath to us. (Length 5:50)

In this week’s book discussion we are in Chapter 34 of 171 Answers (8:20): We are in Chapter 34 of 171 Answers Mark and Anika are talking about C students and their college options.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
One of the myths out there is that there are very few options for the C student. Mark and Anika have a robust discussion about the wide range of opportunities that C students have to find a great college match. (Length 10:55)

This week’s question (19:15) is from Alex, a student from Manhattan who wants to know if there is an advantage to applying through Early Action or Early Decision.

Mark defines what Early Action and Early Decision are, and then he shares the drawbacks and benefits. As usual, Anika asks Mark some great questions. We love to have our students sending in questions so Mark and Anika give Alex a shout out. (Length 13:21)

Mark interviews Mike Runiewisz, Director of Financial Aid at Washington University in St. Louis (32:36) and they are talking about 16 common mistakes that are made on the FAFSA application.

Michael Runiewicz
This is the first of a two part interview and in this episode Mike and Mark discuss the first nine of these common mistakes students make on the FAFSA. In preparation for this interview, Mike asked all of the financial aid officers at Wash U what are the most common mistakes they experience in their own caseload. (Length 22:07)


Mark’s recommended resource of the week (46:56) is the website

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Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy visit and if you want to see what future episodes will cover just click the red button “See exactly what 171 Answers covers”.

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