*POCSmom’s DIY Insight: College-Bound Advice

Cliché: Expert Advice.   
POCS Reality: The college process is complicated, costly, and constantly changing so get current info that is from a knowledgeable source.

 

Which is the college-bound truth:

  1. The financial aid process starts after the admission process.
  2. The more colleges students apply to the greater their chances for getting in.
  3. College costs are rising higher than the rate of inflation.
  4. None of the above.
  5. All of the above.

If your answer is “3” you aced this college knowledge test. The annual U.S. Inflation Rate for the 12 months ending in July, 2011 was 3.63% but tuition and fees at private nonprofit institutions are increasing an average 4.6% for the 2011-12 school year and over 5.6% for state public schools.

Colleges decide which financial aid forms they require and about 400 of them want the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, a form that is available for filing starting October 1st, months before students usually submit college admission applications.

It’s not a numbers game when it comes to chances for college acceptance but it can deplete the bank account with application fees averaging $60 a pop. To increase chances for getting in, create a strategic successful college list filled with 6-8 colleges that have the programs, activities, and location the student wants and colleges that want what the student has to offer. And don’t forget to include the Affordability Factor.

POCSmom’s DIY Insight: Consider the source, the expertise, and how current the info is when considering who to rely on and by how much. For more college-bound facts, truths, and insights, go to www.pocsmom.com.

College-bound stress-buster POCSmom provides DIY (do-it-yourself) tips from forming a college list to attending college graduation. POCSmom Wendy is also the College Insights Expert for CollegeExpertPanel.com.  

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When parents and their college-bound students have the knowledge to plan and make college affordable, they can kick out the stress and enjoy the college years ahead. POCSmom and CollegeExpertPanel.com will show you how.

*POCS: Parent Of a College Student