Parents Countdown to College Toolkit


FINALLY. Everything you need in ONE Toolkit.

No more searching online to find the information you are looking for about a myriad of college-related subjects. No more feelings of inadequacy and ignorance when it comes to the college admissions process. No more days of disorganization and frustration as you try and help your teen make difficult college decisions.

Everything right at your fingertips--ready for you to read, absorb, and use to guide your college-bound teen.
With this toolkit, you will be equipped with EVERY RESOURCE available to help your teen fulfill their dreams of a college education.

The Toolkit includes:

Chapter 1-Ready. Set. Go.
Parent Coaching 101
* What type of Parent College Coach are you?
* It’s time for “the talk”
* Now it’s your turn
The Mechanics-Staying Organized
* First things first
* The all-important filing system
* The scholarship notebook
* The wall calendar
The Right Courses
* Building the transcript
* Your high school guidance counselor
* Course guidelines
The High School Plan
* Freshman Year
* Sophomore Year
* Junior Year
* Senior Year
The High School Resume
* The Major Sections
* Completing the Resume
* Reviewing the final product
The Extracurriculars
* What is an extracurricular?
* School activities
* Non-school activities
* Volunteering
* A job
* Making hobbies count
Utilizing Your Resources
* The Toolkit
* Parents Countdown to College Coach Website
* The internet
* The library
* Your high school guidance counselor
* Parents of college students
* College students
* College websites
Your Teen’s Personal Brand
* A case study in personal branding
* Has your teen already created a personal brand?
* How can you help you teen understand the importance of their online presence?
* How can you help your teen build a strong personal brand?

Chapter 2-College Money 101
Quick Guide to College Costs
* How to save money on college costs
* Picking up credits
* Paying for the basics
* Textbook savings
* The little things add up
Saving for College
* Pinching Pennies
* Stocks, bonds and everything in between
* College savings plans
Taking Advantage of the FREE Money
* Grants
* Scholarships
* Service Awards
* Other types of free money
A Quick Look at Financial Aid
* Loans
* Work Study
* The CSS Profile
* EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
Some Tax Savings Tips
* Lifetime Learning Credit
* Hope Education Credits
* 529 Savings Plans
All About Scholarships
* Scholarship Myths
* Where to find all kinds of scholarships
* Tips on searching
* Tips on applying

Chapter 3-Testing, testing and more testing
All about College Testing
* How to decide which test to take
* Staying on top of the deadlines
* Tips on test taking
Test Prep
* Taking the PSAT and/or PLAN
* Free practice tests
* Studying for the tests
* Should you pay for test prep?
The SAT vs ACT
* How to decide which test to take
* All about the SAT
* All about the ACT
AP (Advanced Placement) Tests
* How to plan ahead for AP Tests
* The benefits of AP Tests

Chapter 4-Choosing the Right College
How to Choose the Right College
* Making the list
* Narrowing the field
Some Common Mistakes in Choosing a College
* Putting all your eggs in one basket
* Going for all the wrong reasons
The ins and outs of College Tours
* Starting online at college websites
* Asking the right questions
* Video Tours

Chapter 5-The Financial Aid Maze
How Financial Aid Works
* Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines
* In a Nutshell
* The Three Main Types of Aid
* The EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and how it works
How to Complete the FAFSA
* Where to find it
* Before you apply
* Completing the application
* The SAR (Student Aid Report)
How to Complete the CSS Profile
* How to Register
* Tips for Completing the Profile
* After you apply
Dealing with the college Financial Aid office
* Following up on submissions
* Negotiating with decisions

Chapter 6- It’s all about Admissions
The Application
* All the components
* Fatal application mistakes
* Standing out
* Application Q & A
The Transcript
* Submitting
* Checking for accuracy
* Following up
Recommendation Letters
* Staying on top of the required letters
* How to pick your recommendations
The all-important Essay
* Choosing the right subject matter
* Making your essay stand out
* Editing is important
The college interview
* An important part of the application process
* It’s all about the Questions
* Making a good impression
The Completed High School Resume
* Dotting your “i’s” and crossing your “t’s”
* Resume components (will they see YOU when they read it?)
Early decision vs regular decision
* Should you opt for “early decision”?
* What are the benefits of taking “regular decision”?

Chapter 7-Decision Time
The acceptance letters arrive
* Helping your teen handle rejection
* Wait-listed: what can you do?
Weighing all the options
* Comparing financial aid packages
* Comparing costs
Making the final decision
* Responding to the colleges
* Deposits, payments and Freshman orientation

Chapter 8-Heading off to college
Tips for Parents
* Surviving the transition
* The summer before college
Tips for Teens
* Living in a dorm
* Budgeting
* Long distance communication
* The quest for independence

And the EXTRAS…

List of Website links (by topic)
* Scholarship sites
* Financial Aid sites
* College Matching sites
* College Tour sites
* College Parent connection sites (connecting with other parents)
* Student connection sites (connecting with college students)
* Parent information sites
* College related blogs

* College Needs Assessment Questionnaire
* Scholarship Information Page
* Student Information Form
* College Fair Journal Page
* College Visit Journal Page
* College Application Tracker
* College Checklist
* College Costs Calculator
* Financial Aid Tracker
* Financial Maze Flow Chart
* Award Comparison Worksheet
* Sample Award Comparison Worksheet
* Sample Financial Aid Award Letter
* 8th Grade Checklist
* Freshman checklist
* Sophomore checklist
* Junior checklist
* Senior checklist
* High school calendar of important dates
* Senior Year Deadline Chart
* College Shopping Checklist
* High School Course Planner
* Volunteer Activity Log
* Test Dates and Deadlines Calendar
* Extracurricular Activity List

And there’s more–
* List of commonly used terms with definitions
* Sample Resume 1
* Sample Resume 2
* Scholarship Profile (a diagram)
* Sample College Admissions Form
* Sample Recommendation Letter
* Scholarship Profile
* Sample page from U.S. News and World Reports Best Colleges
* Article-“The Best and Worst 529 Plans”
* Sample SAR Report
* Sample Award Comparison Worksheet
* Sample Financial Aid Award Letter
* Sample Admissions Essay 1
* Sample Admissions Essay 2
* Sample Scholarship Essay 1
* Sample Scholarship Essay 2
* Sample Scholarship Essay 3

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