Dr. Jeff & Dr. Brian Haig - The Experts in College Planning and Student Success.

Developing a Back to School Winning Game Plan

We hope you had a great summer. As the school year is now back in session, it’s important to develop a strategic game plan that will help you to become as successful as possible. The goal is to develop a plan that will earn you acceptance into the college of your choice, with as much free money as possible.

To help you develop a strategic game plan for the school year, it’s important that you know which areas to focus on. Here are five key areas that can make a big difference in how you are viewed by college admission officers:

How to Find Outside Scholarships

In our last blog, we shared with you how to get scholarships from colleges. Earning scholarships directly from colleges can be a great way to get a lot of free money to pay for college expenses; but scholarships also come from other areas.

In this blog article, we are going to share with you five important strategies for pursuing scholarships outside of colleges, also known as “outside” scholarships.

How to Get Scholarship Money for College

It’s college acceptance time for many students throughout the country. Students have learned, and are continuing to learn, in these next few weeks, what colleges they will be accepted to.

But college is not just about getting in. It’s also about paying for the high cost of a college education. Some students are going to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships while others will simply get an acceptance letter, if that.

So how do students maximize the amount of free money they can potentially get to help pay for college?

Developing the Summer Game Plan

We hope you are having a great February. Spring has not arrived yet, however, parents are already planning for the summer. Why? Because many summer deadlines are rapidly approaching. So, how should you plan your summer? More importantly, how should you plan a fun, enjoyable, yet strategic summer? Having the right summer game plan can maximize your college planning success and give you an edge in the college admissions process, so it’s important to think strategically.

Here are five ways to make the most of your summer:

Why it’s important to understand how to pay for college… and different ways to pay for college!

Planning and preparing for college admissions is one thing; however, paying for college is entirely different. Unfortunately, many families only focus on how to get into college, not how to pay for it. What is important for families to understand is that there are very real and serious consequences of student debt. Understanding how to pay for college is crucial because it allows families to offset the sometimes exorbitant cost of college.

Why you need to get involved in extracurricular activities!

School is about more than just following an academic curriculum to fulfill graduation requirements. It’s also about seeing your school as an all-encompassing learning environment that has the potential to teach you more than what you can learn inside the classroom. In fact, what you learn outside the classroom can be just as important, if not more important, than what you learn inside the classroom. This is because many important character-building skills that are learned outside the classroom are directly applicable to succeeding in life.

Think Like a College Admissions Officer

With the high school year officially getting underway and summer coming to a close, it’s important that students with college aspirations understand how college admission officers think about the admissions process. Because if a student can really understand how a college admission officer thinks, then this will allow the student to develop an action-oriented, strategic, and purposeful game plan that will make him/her as competitive as possible when applying to college. So let’s get into the mindset of admissions officers and discuss how they think so you can maximize your chances of getting into the college of your choice.