Dastardly game colleges play

January 31, 2011
The games colleges play can cause havoc and stress on high school seniors and parents. One game that our local state college is playing this year is to send out a notice congratulating the student and offering admittance. However the letter goes on to state … to guarantee your spot, mail in a non refundable deposit […]

The games colleges play can cause havoc and stress on high school seniors and parents.

One game that our local state college is playing this year is to send out a notice congratulating the student and offering admittance. However the letter goes on to state … to guarantee your spot, mail in a non refundable deposit for $250 within the next 30 days to hold you spot for housing as we can’t guarantee housing…”

Every college knows that May 1st is official notification day, which happens to be on a Sunday this year.

So, colleges know May 1st is decision day but these colleges use carefully crafted words to cause panic in students and parents and try to get them to commit before they have all the facts. AND before other colleges have sent out award letters.

Do not commit to anything before you have all the facts.

Use this as a means to contact the college and then ask them if they can extend the deadline because you have not heard back from every college on your list yet.

You may be surprised what asking can do.

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President Obama sets major goals for education in America

January 27, 2011
President Obama sets major goals for education in America Posted: 01/26/2011 By: Brien McElhatten PHOENIX - In a state where only 75 percent of high school students graduate, those in the education community were closely watching President Obama's speech. Among the eyes watching in Arizona was Bobbie O'Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Education Foundation. […]

President Obama sets major goals for education in America

Posted: 01/26/2011

PHOENIX - In a state where only 75 percent of high school students graduate, those in the education community were closely watching President Obama's speech.

Among the eyes watching in Arizona was Bobbie O'Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Education Foundation.

"In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing Arizona's schools and students is the ability to scale up the pockets of success locally and nationally," she said.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, the president referred to history to encourage progress.

"Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon," he said to a packed House chamber. "But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs."

Obama encouraged parents to take an active role in the education of their children by emphasizing their role in the process.

"It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done. We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair," he stated.

With that, Obama set new goals.

Among them, training 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, math and technology over the next ten years.

He also touted his controversial Race to the Top program, which infuses public schools with funds on the condition they set higher standards for students and increase teacher accountability.

"Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that’s more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids," explained the president.

"Now more than ever, Arizonans need reasons to celebrate education and identify and share in its successes," said O'Boyle. "I can only hope that Arizona's policy makers and leaders increase resources to our education system in order to improve opportunities for all Arizona's children so we can fulfill our responsibility to them."

Another goal set by the president is to increase the number of college graduates.

Saying America has fallen to ninth place in the proportion of students with a college degree, the President stated the goal should be to graduate more college students than any other nation by the end of the decade.

But for many, the cost of a degree seems out of reach. An education at a four-year public university can run $20,000 or more. The price is even higher at private schools.

In the Valley, one man has made it his mission to show parents how they can afford college.

J.D. Wyczalek started AZ College Consulting, LLC and the website AZCollegeplanning.com to help parents "understand the system."

"When you understand how the game is played, you can stack the deck legally and ethically in your favor," Wyczalek explained.

Wyczalek, who started his company after going through the college hunting process with his daughter, says parents as well as students need to do their homework.

"Don't throw out a college based on the sticker price. They have endowment funds, scholarships and grants. If you make yourself desirable, the will bend over backwards to bring you in."

Wyczalek says it's never too early to begin thinking about college. He points out that grades and test scores are important to admissions officers, but students should show a true passion for something. That can set them apart from the pack.

"Students should ask themselves, what can I do to make myself unique," he added.

There are loads of resources available to students. Websites, guides and college viewbooks all provide useful information, but perhaps the most important action students can take is to make a visit to the campus.

On campus visits, guides will host tours. Often students can see a dorm room, classrooms and common areas. But opportunities also exist to ask the students that attend the college about their experience.

Meanwhile in the Valley, Wyczalek offers free workshops each month to show parents how to set their children on the path to college, and how to afford it.

The next workshop is set for Thursday, January 27th at the Apaloosa Library in Scottsdale. The workshop is free, but you are asked to register online .
 

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Full Ride Scholarship, elusive or exclusive

January 19, 2011
Scottsdale - Hundreds of families strive for that exclusive Full Ride Scholarship and wonder how to get it. While some students attain fantastic financial aid packages, others are just left wondering. There are four things that must be done to get as close to the Full Ride as possible. Apply to the right types of […]

Scottsdale - Hundreds of families strive for that exclusive Full Ride Scholarship and wonder how to get it. While some students attain fantastic financial aid packages, others are just left wondering.

There are four things that must be done to get as close to the Full Ride as possible.

  1. Apply to the right types of colleges. Not every college has free scholarship/grant money to give out. (We’ll show you which colleges are best for your student.)
  2. Student positioning- put the student in such a light that college admissions directors will do anything to recruit them. (We have a plan for that.)
  3. Do what you (the parent) can do to minimize exposure on financial aid forms. Even families who have 6 figure incomes can get aid! (We create family specific proprietary strategies.)
  4. Attend the How to get as close to a Full Ride Workshop and tell your friends about it too!

Free community workshops are presented by the founder of AZ College Consulting, LLC, J.D. Wyczalek (why-zall-ick) that explain to parents and students the process of getting into college and maximizing aid strategies. He illustrates the numbers on several colleges and exposes the tricks that some colleges play.

Here’s what one dad said He is in and he got an identical package. I can’t thank you enough for the brilliant guidance and support.”

Click the RSVP Workshop button to register.

Reduce your cost of a college education and get as close as humanly possible to
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  • Jan 26, 2011 Wed 6:15-7:30 PM Mustang Library 10101 N 90th St, Scottsdale
  • Jan 27, 2011 Thurs 6:15-7:30 PM Appaloosa Library 7377 E. Silverstone Dr. Scottsdale
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how to fill out financial aid forms and not get ripped off

January 2, 2011
Filling out financial aid forms can be daunting. Putting the wrong information can cause you and your student to lose thousands of dollars of financial aid. Now get expert help so that you can maximize your financial aid eligibility. The Financial Aid Boot Camp reveals the magic formula that colleges use to determine your financial […]

Filling out financial aid forms can be daunting. Putting the wrong information can cause you and your student to lose thousands of dollars of financial aid.

Now get expert help so that you can maximize your financial aid eligibility.

The Financial Aid Boot Camp reveals the magic formula that colleges use to determine your financial aid package. Now discover the secrets to maximize f using these closely guarded secrets that financial aid offices across the US pray you never find out.

In these informative videos, we will discuss the vital information parents and students need to know to maximize college financial aid regardless of how good of a student he/she is.

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I hate the FAFSA!

January 1, 2011
Anyone can fill out the FAFSA form however, filling it out correctly that is another story. According to the Department of Education over 70% of these forms are submitted with some kind of error. Don't be a statistic! If you knew how to answer each question line by line and knew how to answer it […]

Anyone can fill out the FAFSA form however, filling it out correctly that is another story. According to the Department of Education over 70% of these forms are submitted with some kind of error. Don't be a statistic!

If you knew how to answer each question line by line and knew how to answer it so that your student qualifies for the most aid humanly possible, how great would that be?

Errors could cause delays and worst case scenario, lost opportunity for financial aid.

A new website launched just in time for financial aid and FAFSA season explains line by line and step by step how to fill out this form correctly, accurately and to the benefit of the student. AZCollegePlanning.com is just that needed direction, the expertise professional guidance for every family. Check it out you’ll be glad you did.

Check out the other stuff on this website and don't be a DOE statistic!

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It’s time to fill out the FAFSA, Aaaarg!

December 31, 2010
Have you heard of parents who just hate the FAFSA and out of frustration they end up giving up. There is hope!

Have you heard of parents who just hate the FAFSA and out of frustration they end up giving up.

One couple came into my office about a month back and they wanted to know what they did wrong because their EFC was over exaggerated by over $100,000. With an EFC (expected family contribution) over a $100k, this means this family will not get any type of need based scholarships.

Now here’s the stats on this family, they make $98,000 in AGI, have some assets, have over $300k in a 401k and were one of the few people who had equity in their home. When I reviewed their SAR (student aid report) I found a few blatant errors. After correcting these their EFC was reduced to a manageable level and they qualified for need based aid.

Now there is a new source that can help families not make mistakes that could potentially cost them thousands of dollars of aid. The updated website.

This website has videos, PDF documents and line by line instructions on how to fill out these critical forms without making huge mistakes and how to fill it out so that you qualify for the most aid possible!

One of the many tips is to make sure that you are on the correct website fafsa.gov or fafsa.ed.gov. Do not go to any .com or.edu or .org website to file the fafsa!

 

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just in time for FAFSA

December 30, 2010
On http://collegecompass.tv are how to videos that could save you tons of headaches and time so that you are not lost when filling out the most important of all financial aid forms. In the videos and the accompanying book I go over the financial aid form line by line and explain exactly what the question means and how to answer the question so that your student qualifies for the most financial aid possible.

The website is done, live and ready just in time for FAFSA.

On this website there are how to videos that could save you tons of headaches and time so that you are not lost when filling out the most important of all financial aid forms. In the videos and the accompanying book I go over the financial aid form line by line and explain exactly what the question means and how to answer the question so that your student qualifies for the most financial aid possible.

By filling out this critical form correctly your EFC (expected family contribution) will not be overly exaggerated because the wrong numbers where put in the wrong fields.

Check it out. Videos, PDFs, required resources and more!

All this just in time for financial aid season!

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Financial Aid Boot Camp exclusively on this website.

December 29, 2010
AZ College Consulting, LLC presents the Financial Aid Boot Camp exclusively on this website.   Parents & students learn the secrets to maximize financial aid at ANY college.   Dear Parents, students and neighbors, You must view this BOOT CAMP session in its entirety so that you can take full advantage of every financial aid package, […]

AZ College Consulting, LLC presents the Financial Aid Boot Camp exclusively on this website.

 

Parents & students learn the secrets to maximize financial aid
at ANY college.

 

Dear Parents, students and neighbors,

You must view this BOOT CAMP session in its entirety so that you can take full advantage of every financial aid package, know the process and know what happens after you click the submit button. You MUST sit in on this closed door session especially if you have a high school senior. High school underclassmen and parents get a jump start on the financial aid process.

The Financial Aid Boot Camp reveals the magic formula that colleges use to determine your financial aid package and how to maximize it using these closely guarded secrets that financial aid offices across the US pray you never find out.

In these informative financial aid boot camps we will discuss the vital information parents and students need to maximize college financial aid regardless of how good of a student he/she is.

Over 2 hours of video plus downloadable PDF documents and links to required websites.
Topics discussed:

  • The secrets to getting every dollar that your student is entitled to
  • How six figure + income earners can maximize need based aid
  • Financial aid forms explained line by line & how to capitalize
  • The number one website to avoid when filing financial aid.
  • What’s next in the college process, final college selection. Before you decide on a college, you need to know how to get the numbers to benefit you.
  • You may have already got in, now what?
  • FAFSA form, what is it and what needs to be done BEFORE you log into the website.
  • The CSS Profile financial aid form, for some schools if this form is not submitted, your child will not get any aid.
  • If you have money saved for college, having it in the wrong account can cost you 25% to 50% more.
  • The fastest way to file (financial aid is first come first serve) how to be the first ones in line.
  • According to the Department of Education, 75% of the financial aid forms are submitted with some kind of mistakes, avoid these mistakes by knowing the rules.
  • Any questions that you might have
  • Plus more

 

The Financial Aid Boot Camp is presented by J.D. Wyczalek (why-zall-ick) the founder of AZ College Consulting, LLC - Arizona’s premier college consulting and college planning firm. He has been featured on local radio and TV stations as well as speaking events nationwide.

 


Invest in the information presented.

 

Mom who attended the closed door session.

 

 

 

With over two hours of content packed videos and PDF's, links and more, the information on this web site is critical need to know information.

We’ll discuss financial aid forms including the FAFSA, the CSS Profile and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of need based financial aid you are eligible to receive!

  • How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages
  • Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution
  • How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school
  • The single biggest mistake 9 out of 10 parents make when applying for scholarships that literally cost them thousands of dollars, and how to avoid it
  • How to double or triple your eligibility for free grant money
  • Plus more

 

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THE question

December 21, 2010
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Average national SAT scores

December 7, 2010
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY original post here Average national SAT scores for the high school class of 2010 fluctuated slightly by section compared with last year, but remained unchanged overall, a report says. Asian students continue to post the greatest average increases among racial and ethnic groups, and blacks score the lowest. Average […]

By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY original post here

Average national SAT scores for the high school class of 2010 fluctuated slightly by section compared with last year, but remained unchanged overall, a report says.

Asian students continue to post the greatest average increases among racial and ethnic groups, and blacks score the lowest. Average scores for students from wealthy families were among the highest of all.

The report also highlights a gap in average scores between students who completed a core academic curriculum, and who took honors or college-level coursework, and those who didn't.

"This report confirms that there are no tricks and there are no shortcuts to college readiness," said Gaston Caperton, president of the non-profit College Board, which released the report Monday. "Students who take more rigorous courses in high school are more prepared to succeed in college and beyond."

Test takers averaged 1,509 points out of a possible 2,400 in three sections, the same as last year.

Nearly 1.6 million members of the class of 2010 took the test, a record. Of those, 41.5% were minorities, up from 40% last year.

College Board officials characterized the flat one-year change as encouraging because average scores typically drop as more students, and a more diverse range of students, take the test. They also noted that, over the last 10 years, as the minority participation rate grew 78.3%, math scores have climbed 2 points while critical reading scores have declined 4 points.

Even so, Caperton urged schools to offer more rigorous courses and said, "Kids have to work harder." The USA, once a world leader in the proportion of adults 25-34 with college credentials, now ranks 12th among industrialized countries, the College Board says.

"America's students are not completing college at a high rate because our education system is not preparing them to succeed in college," he said. "If we want to improve college completion, we have to improve college readiness. If we want to improve readiness we have to measure it."

Critics of standardized testing suggest the federal No Child Left Behind law has contributed to the problem. The law, which went into effect in the 2003-04 academic year, requires states that want to receive federal funding for schools to develop skill assessment for all students in certain grades.

Since then, reading scores have declined from 508 to 501, math from 518 to 516. Writing scores have dropped 5 points since that section was added in 2005, from 497 to 492.

Average composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam have fluctuated between 20.9 and 21.2 (out of 36) since 2003-04; this year's scores, released last month, averaged 21.0.

At the same time, racial and ethnic gaps in test scores are not narrowing; since 2006, average scores for Asian Americans are up 36 points, while scores for blacks are down 14.

Those data "contradict the claim that more high-stakes testing improves educational quality and equity," says Robert Schaeffer, spokesman for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a critic of standardized tests. "We keep adding more and more high-stakes tests (but) have left more children further behind."

 You can increase your scores with Dr. Beasley's secret test taking strategies!

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