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Need Help Choosing Your Future Career?

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Thu, May 5, 2016 @ 5:11 PM

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There are plenty of resources when it comes to planning for your future. Although you do not necessarily have to know exactly what you want to do when you enter college, it can certainly help. Many schools do not require you to declare a major right upon entry, but give you the opportunity to enroll in a variety of classes while you decide upon your eventual program. The majority of schools require you to declare a major at some point in your second year.

Some high school seniors may know what program or career they are pursuing from the start. This can help with the ultimate college decision, particularly if attending a specific program is important to you, but if you are not ready to choose your career, no worries. Many people even change careers (or majors) during their life. Here are some approaches you can take if you’re still considering your career and possible major of study:

Select a School With Additional Support

Some institutions cater specifically to freshman students who are undecided on their major. These may offer special programs that give students a breadth of knowledge in their first year and allow them to sample a wide array of courses. Other colleges may have additional, personalized support for freshmen, or offer sessions and presentations to help acquaint you with your various options. You might consider choosing a college with one of these helpful resources.

Be Open to New Opportunities

Your education is undoubtedly a time to discover. If you are unsure about your future career, why not explore all the possibilities out there? You can broaden your horizons by enrolling in unusual courses, or participating in a club that focuses on something unfamiliar to you. All of these steps give you a well-rounded education and just might introduce you to your dream job.

Consider Personality or Career Testing

When nothing seems to be your sole passion, you may want to look at career options from other angles. What are you good at? What professions fit with your inherent temperament? If you need assistance in this area, you can speak with a guidance counselor, career counselor, or even do some online research. The Internet offers plenty of career and personality quizzes that can show you what jobs may be naturally most enjoyable to you. And if you don’t find your ultimate career, you will still learn a great deal about yourself.

Give it a Try

If you’re considering a career but are unsure about it, head straight to the source. Learn everything you can about it, interview current professionals, and even visit or shadow at a workplace. If you’re feeling more serious about a specific occupation, you might even apply for an internship in the field. Real world experience is one of the best ways to help you determine the career which will fulfill you the most.

College Planning ABC can help you prepare for your future. Whether you’re ready to dive into a specific major or you’re still sampling the options, a college admissions expert can help. Contact our friendly team to get started today.

 

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The Junior Year: What to Do to Prepare for College

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 10:37 PM

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Think preparation for college is just for senior year? Think again! If you’re in you’re junior year in high school, NOW is the time to begin getting ready for college. What you do this year will help pave the way for a smooth, stress-free senior year. Best of all? Planning early ensures you have the free time to enjoy your final year of high school to its fullest.

Start Thinking Seriously About What You Will Study

While many colleges don’t make you declare a major right away, it is still the best use of your higher education to go in with a long-range plan in mind. It is totally okay if that changes during college, and in fact, a large percentage of students switch majors at some point. What matters is that you are continually working towards a goal.

During junior year, start researching possible majors and fields of study. Take a look at what careers are obtained by people with various degrees. If you feel totally at a loss, there are many websites which offer free and simple assessment tools to help you determine which careers match your interests and talents.

Register and Take the PSAT and SAT

While taking another test probably doesn’t sound like much fun, the PSAT will help prepare you for the SAT. By the time you take the SAT, you’ll feel even more confident in your knowledge and you’re sure to do great. As an added bonus, taking the PSAT allows you to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program, which could earn you valuable funds for college.

Most juniors take the SAT in the spring, so begin registering and preparing now for this important exam.

Gather, Gather, Gather

Junior year is the ideal time to gather information. Since you still have plenty of time to decide upon your final college choice, now is the time to weigh your options. Attend college fairs, send away for materials, research university websites, and talk to your guidance counselor. As well, talk to your parents about your expectations for schools. Will you stay close to home? What are the financial considerations? You can begin making lists of colleges that appeal to you. By the end of junior year, you may have it narrowed down so that you can start planning college visits next summer and fall.

Apply for Scholarships

Senior year is not the only time to you can be eligible to earn money for college. There are scholarships for juniors as well. Apply to these this year, as well as search for possible opportunities for the next year. You’ll be one step ahead of the game and you’ll know exactly what is required.

Keep Up Your Grades

When you begin applying to colleges next fall, schools will be looking at your transcript. At the time of your application, what will most likely be at the top of your transcript are your grades from your junior year. That makes this a really important time to stay on your game. Keep at the books, make sure you’re on track for graduation, and it will all pay off in just another year.

 

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Who’s Responsible for Repaying Student Loans? (responsibilities and accountability of students vs. parents and types of loans)

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 @ 12:24 AM

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Thanks to the availability of scholarships and loans, college is a dream that is available to many. Both public and private loans help thousands of students each year to attend institutions of higher learning. Before you sign on the dotted line however, you should look deeper into the details of your loan information, to be sure you know the associated responsibilities when it comes to repayment.

Discussion With Parents

When you begin the college application process, it’s a good idea to sit down with your parent or legal guardian and discuss finances. How much are they able/willing to contribute? Will your parents take out their own loans, or will you be responsible for financing your education? Having this conversation from the beginning is imperative, to ensure you are all on the same page when it comes to paying for higher education.

Loan Options To Consider

When possible, look into federal loans before considering private loans. These typically have a lower interest rate, offer more flexible repayment options (including income-based plans), and often do not require a cosigner. Federal loans do not enter repayment until you have graduated or stopped attending school at least half-time. And in many cases, there is a grace period before you must begin repayment.

For Parents

If your parents are eligible, they can take out a Federal Direct PLUS Loan. These loans are the responsibility of the borrower (your parents) and have a fixed interest rate. Your parents will repay these loans, but payments don’t begin until you have completed college. If your parents are found ineligible for a PLUS loan, you may be able to borrow an increased amount through Direct Unsubsidized Loans. As an independent or graduate student, you may be eligible to borrow your own PLUS loans.

For Students

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans allow you to borrow up to $12500 per academic year. The specific amount is based on your year of study and other factors (including parent PLUS loan eligibility). Subsidized loans are based on financial need, while unsubsidized loans are not. Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans are taken out by the student, who is responsible for repaying them following departure from university, or failure to attend at least half time.

Perkins loans are a third type of loan you may be eligible for as a student. These are your own responsibility and you can borrow as much as $5500 per year.

Private Loans

If necessary, private loans are available for parent or student borrowers. These often have high interest rates and inflexible repayment terms, and loans may be based on credit and the availability of a cosigner.

How Financial Aid is Determined

To find out your loan eligibility, you and your family must complete your FAFSA as well as apply for financial aid to your prospective colleges. When you’ve been admitted, the school will send you an award letter, detailing the total cost of attendance, any scholarships or grants awarded, and what you have been found eligible to borrow.

Working with College Planning ABC may save you a considerable amount on your university education. Contact us today for more details. 

 

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5 Benefits of Working With a College Planner

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 @ 10:05 PM

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1.    A well-honed application that shines.

Top college consultants have years of experience helping students apply to and be accepted at great institutions. With hundreds of thousands of students applying to schools each academic year, competition for admission is tougher than ever. You need the expertise of someone who knows just what admission committees are looking for and how to make sure your application fits the bill. At College Planning ABC, we can help you edit and polish your essay, ensure your application highlights your strengths, and even practice your interview skills with you, to make sure you’re fully prepared.

 

2.    A streamlined, less stressful process.

Applying to college can seem overwhelming. It can be a challenge to even know where to begin. A college planner can assist you every step of the way. From researching and narrowing down a list of schools to making sure you fill out all the correct forms and submit them on time, a college planner helps take the pressure off of what can often be a stressful time. With a college planner on your side, you can have a successful college application process and still have time to make the most of enjoying your senior year.

 

3.    A second pair of (expert) eyes.

Forms, forms, forms. It can feel like the college application process is all about paperwork. When applying to several different schools, it is tough to keep track of all those bits and pieces. It’s even harder to avoid missing something or making a careless error. When you work with an accomplished college planner, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you’ve got support on your side. We can review all of your documents, complete the CSS Profile, make adjustments and confirm the accuracy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), and help you with any other important forms, both academic and financial.

 

4.    The chance to save money.

A premier college planner offers one special advantage that you can’t get anywhere else: the opportunity to potentially save thousands of dollars on your student’s higher education. From finding lesser known scholarships to providing expert advice on loans and financing, the experience of a qualified college planner gives you a significant resource to work with. At College Planning ABC, a great many of our clients have saved an incredible amount of money on their education. We may be able to help you do the same!

 

5.    You can dream big.

At College Planning ABC, we’ve helped thousands of students realize their dreams. In fact, many families come to us with modest expectations, unsure of how to begin and what to strive for. Together, we show students the possibilities out there for them, aid them in identifying opportunities for scholarships and grants, and give them the tools they need to have a truly successful application season. There are more options available than many students realize, and their ambitions are indeed within their reach. Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance. We can’t guarantee you’ll be admitted to the institution of your choice, but we can promise that we’ll help you dream big and allow you to have the best possible shot at achieving your goals.

 

Our Approach

With these 5 benefits and many more to boot, it’s clear that working with a college consultant can give you a tremendous advantage. At College Planning ABC, we guarantee to provide (on time) all of the services listed on our college planning agreement. At the conclusion of your partnership with us, if you are not 100% satisfied, you can request your money back. We believe so strongly in the quality of our services that this is our promise to you.

 

Ready to start the application process? Get in touch with us today. 

 

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I’m Lost: Where to Begin in the College Admissions Process?

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:41 PM
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So the time has come. It’s time for you (or your son or daughter) to start thinking about college. Most students begin this process around their junior year of high school, but some families like to start even sooner. But what do you do when the college application process totally baffles you? Here’s a quick guide to taking your very first steps in the college search.

Figuring Out Who You Are (For Now)

Before you even begin thinking about where you’ll go and what you’ll study, stop and take some time to consider who you are right now. What do you really want from your college experience? Do you dream of heading across the country? Perhaps you want a very traditional college experience with lots of fraternities and sororities? Or maybe academia is your priority and you’re aiming high with Ivy League and other top tier schools? Before you research any programs or universities, make lists of what you’d like in your higher education experience, what type of atmosphere you most desire, and perhaps even what kind of environment you think would be best for your personality and temperament.

Time for a Family Meeting

Next up is a thorough discussion between parents and student. What do your parents envision for your future? Are your dreams and goals in line? If not, how can you compromise? It is vital to talk about the college process early, to avoid arguments later on and to ensure you’re all on the same page. If you plan to study 10 states away, but your parents banked on you staying closer to home, these issues will need to be worked out, and the sooner the better. This conversation, and others, is also when you should begin addressing the financial piece. What will your parents be able to contribute to your college education? Will you need to take out loans? Are you hoping for scholarships? Talking about this early on allows you to apply to the right schools that meet your situation and needs. 

Basic Research of Schools

Now that you know a little bit of what you’re looking for and have narrowed it down at least somewhat in terms of finances, it’s time for the fun part: researching colleges. If you are firmly decided on what you want to study, you may be best seeking out institutions with solid reputations in these subjects. If you’re open to a variety of majors, however, you can be a bit more versatile in your research. There are plenty of useful college search tools on the Internet, but a great place to start is Peterson’s.

Moving Forward

As you begin to hone in on some colleges and universities that interest you, your family can begin planning visits and tours. This is the best way to see whether or not a school is the right fit for you. Keep researching, too. University websites are chock full of information. You can discover so much about a school from its website, social media accounts, and even from contacting current students.

Moving forward in the college admissions process, it’s a smart idea to work with a college consultant. A consultant can be an invaluable resource when it comes to choosing colleges, applying, and making sure you have the best chance of being admitted to the school of your choice. It is a complicated process, but with help, applying to higher education is a breeze. For the top Bay Area college planner, get in touch with Manuel today at College Planning ABC.

 

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The Summer Before College: What You Should Do

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Before College 

Over the next few weeks, high school will be wrapping up for seniors all across the country. This can be a bittersweet time, as students leave the halls where they’ve spent 4 years to move on to bigger and better things. With summer on the horizon, you’ve completed your applications, been accepted by your university, and have submitted your deposit. All that stands between you and the college life is 3 blissful months, right?

 Well, that is mostly true. College is going to be a wonderful experience and you should fill these summer days of freedom with lots of fun and memories. At the same time, there are several vital things not to neglect during those sunny days. Here are a few important details to keep track of and tasks to get done before you begin your journey through higher education. 

Register for classes

Over the summer, you’ll start growing more integrated into your college or university. You’ll receive your student email, be invited to orientation, and will have access to your course catalog. Now the fun begins! Choosing classes can be really enjoyable. You get to select the courses you’re excited about taking and you have the ability to fully design your academic schedule. When you’ve decided on your courses and laid out a schedule, register as soon as possible. Freshman courses often fill up quickly (particularly the classes that don’t start at 8am!) and you’ll want your pick of the litter.

Purchase textbooks

Although it isn’t absolutely necessary to purchase your textbooks prior to arriving on campus, doing so can help you avoid the stress of buying them your first week of classes. Shopping online rather than at your college bookstore can also save you a great deal of money. Check out Half.com, eBay’s spot for used and discounted textbooks.

Shop for your dorm

Now is your chance to release the interior designer within. If you’re living in the campus dorms, your room will be your cozy home for the next year. You want it to feel comfortable, homey, and organized. In addition to bedding, lamps, trash cans, laundry baskets, office supplies, and more, you may want to consider space-saving options like beneath-the-bed storage boxes or bed risers to give you even more room to store your stuff. Target is a wonderful one-stop-shop for dorm goodies. 

Research career options if you haven’t settled on a major (or even if you have).

Summertime gives you plenty of lazy hours to sunbathe, read, swim, play, and think. In between your diversions, take some time to consider your future career path. If you haven’t chosen a major yet, no need to worry. Many schools don’t require you to declare a major in your first year. If you’re undecided, start researching careers and see what draws you. This is a great thing to do before registering for classes, as you might want to select a range of classes to sample your interests.

Discuss a budget with your family 

Before heading off into the great wide world, it’s important to sit down with your parents and discuss your college budget. How much will they provide for you each month? Are there restrictions on what you can and cannot purchase? It’s necessary to be upfront about these things from the start, to ensure potential issues don’t occur. 

Learn how to do laundry and cook simple meals 

If you’re heading away to college, your parents won’t be around to cook your meals or clean your clothes. Learn to do laundry the right way before you come face to face with a confusing, coin-operated washing machine.

You may be planning to get most of your food from your university dining hall, but if you’ve got a kitchen in your dorm or apartment, you’ll want to learn to prepare some basic meals. Ask your mom to teach you some of your favorite recipes. This means you can also create the taste of a home-cooked meal when you’re in need of a little comfort.

Now, bearing these tips in mind, go forth and have a super fantastic summer! 

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Unique Scholarship Options You May Not Have Considered

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 9:25 AM
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Let’s face it: college can be expensive. But with the thousands of scholarship options out there, it doesn’t have to be. Although there are countless students just like you applying for these awards, if you work hard and choose the right scholarships for you, you can greatly increase your chances of winning.

There are many generic scholarships out there awarding big money prizes. Those are the ones that will see thousands of qualified applicants, and it may be more difficult to snag those. But what about specialized scholarships in your field of study? Local scholarships for students in your area? Prizes geared towards your specific talent? Scholarships that award students for an unusual trait? All of these unique and quirky scholarships exist. Why not consider applying for some of these scholarships? If you meet the criteria and can submit the right materials, you just might find yourself with more money for your college education in hand. 

The Writers of the Future Contest

Are you great in English class? Fancy yourself a writer? If you’ve got the linguistic chops, you may want to consider L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Stories of up to 17,000 words in the science fiction or fantasy genre could win you prizes of up to $5,000. This is a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles and try for some serious cash. The current contest ends March 31st, so get writing!

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

If you can get yourself to Kansas (and have a serious talent for duck calls) the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest could be the scholarship for you. This competition, held each Thanksgiving week, is open to high school seniors and awards prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places. This scholarship has been around for 38 years and has awarded more than $60,000 to students in that time. Better get practicing!

The Miss America Organization

Pageants may have lost popularity in recent years, but the Miss America Organization remains the leading provider of scholarship monies for young women, awarding millions of dollars each year to competitors on the national, state, and local levels. Competitions take place in each state and are open to young women ages 17-24. Participants are judged in several categories, with the greatest weight given to the Interview and Talent portions. If you have a love of performing, your dancing, singing, violin playing, and more could earn you big bucks for your education.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Do you have an interest in fashion? Or do you simply fancy yourself creative with duct tape? The Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest runs in 2015 from March 15th until June 1st, and offers two $10,000 scholarships to a high school couple who attends prom wearing inventive outfits made entirely of duct tape. This highly unusual scholarship offers major money, and also donates $5,000 to the winners’ high school. Check out the website to view last year’s winners and get some inspiration for your own incredible entries.

These are only a few of the incredible unique scholarship options out there. For more options, check out 45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships. With a little searching, you may find the perfect contest for you, and win yourself some much needed funds for your higher education. 

 

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Tables Turn On In-State College Tuition

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

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Many students and their parents have a firm belief that it is less expensive to attend an in-state college or university rather than an out-of-state school. Traditionally, state universities charged out-of-state students a higher tuition amount. However, this is no longer the case and it may in fact be more affordable for your student to attend a college out-of- state than within the local university.

A Changing Trend

The U.S. Department of Education just released a report that shows out-of-state tuitions at public colleges and universities are actually lower than the tuition changed to in-state students. The report showed the average tuition and fees, for full-time undergraduates, for the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 academic years, was 6.7% higher for in-state students compared to out-of-state ones. On average there was a $9,878 difference. 

Why the Difference?

As I have shown in previous articles, for the last five years states have decreased their spending on public colleges and universities. This has resulted in significant increases in tuitions and fees across the board. As the fees moved higher for out-of-state students, the schools began losing those students as well as potential students. The competition for out-of-state students has heated up and in order to attract students the tables were turned.

These Schools Tried Everything

Without public support, the schools sought out creative funding sources. Some schools are now selling the naming rights to their buildings and sport arenas as a way to raise money.

This new trend is not just limited to public universities. The same report also showed how for-profit colleges have also reduced their costs by 2.2% to $15,386 for 2012-2013 school year.

As you can see, determining the best value for your student is not as easy as just staying within your state boundaries.  Rather, a college bound student must evaluate all aspects of what a school is offering in their financial package. What this means is there's is a good possibility your student could end up attending a top-level university for a cost that far less than going to the local state university.

My goal for your student is to help them find the best possible fit in a college or university which is also comes at the right price. There is no reason your student can’t have the best of all worlds. Come find out more about the hidden secrets and give your student the best chance of success by attending my next FREE workshop. Sign up now!

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How to Make Sense of College and Financial Aid Award Letters

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 6:00 AM

 

 

describe the imageSo, now your student has written and submitted their essays, taken the SAT’s, and sent in their applications.  In comes the acceptance letters and financial aid offers.  As is often the case, several of these letters will describe various aid packages that available- each being unique.  The big question is how to determine which college will provide your student with the biggest return on their investment?

The problem lies in being able to decipher what is actually being presented.  Unfortunately, colleges and universities are not required to utilize a standard format when describing their financial aid packages.  This occurs despite the availability of using the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid shopping sheet.  Currently, there are approximately 6000 colleges in the U.S., but only 700 are utilizing this format.  You can find a copy of this template by going to:  http://collegecost.ed.gov/shopping_sheet.pdf

Where the Pitfalls Exist

When reviewing the various financial aid award letters, it is important that you take into account all the costs associated with attending that particular school.  This will help you compare accurately between each school.  A common pitfall occurs when only tuition and fees are mentioned while other expenses such as transportation, books, and living expenses are omitted.

Another area to be careful of is the practice of colleges noting loans as “financial aid”, and even including the amount of loans that parents will need to take out in that aid.

A third important aspect to consider is how long the grants and scholarships will last.  It is not uncommon for grants and scholarships to be offered only during the freshman year, leaving the remaining years wide open.

It is equally important to consider that the average college has increased tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges by 13% since the 2007-2008 academic year.  At public four-year schools, the increase has been 27% for the same period.  Therefore, costs for these schools should be calculated over four and five years as many students are now taking more than four years to graduate. 

The Value of College Planning and Counseling

College planning is a lot more than just getting a student into the best college.  College planning must involve a series of other variables including:  graduation rates, job placement, net price after aid, and other costs that will ensure a good return on your investment.

As a college planner, I make sure to remove the emotional factors and completely analyze the facts that really matter.  This helps my clients' find the best fit, avoid costly mistakes, and maximize their return on investment. 

Get more information about current trends and strategies at my next Free College Planning Workshop.  Register today!

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The Importance of Graduation Rates in College Planning

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 3:00 AM


One aspect of college planning that is very important for ever family to consider is the institution's ability to graduate your student.  Graduation resized 600

Today, with the cost of a college education being so high it is no longer financially responsible to just hope or expect that your student will graduate within four years.  


Years ago the reason that some students took so long to graduate had more to do with the student than the university.  These days, more often than not it has more to do with the particular school than with the student.  

The reasons vary from school to school and by major.  In other words, not all majors will suffer the same graduation problems at the same school. For example, although many of Ivy League schools have very good graduation rates for undergraduate programs, it may not be the same for graduate students attending the same school.  

Recently I had the opportunity to review the microsite, The Chronicle of Higher Education and see what colleges had the worst graduation rates in the country.  Although, this site only looked at 3800 schools, it did provide a pretty decent overview of the situation.  Also, note that a good graduation rate is defined as a student graduating within six years according to this site.

Here are the top 25 private colleges and university with the best graduation rates.

1.    Harvard University, 97.4 percent
2.    Yale University, 96.3 percent
3.    University of Notre Dame 96 percent
4.    Princeton University, 95.7 percent
5.    Brown University, 95.6 percent
6.    University of Pennsylvania, 95.5 percent
7.    Dartmouth College, 95.4 percent
8.    Williams College, 95.1 percent
9.    Stanford University, 94.7 percent
10.    Wesleyan University, 94.4 percent
11.    Northwestern University, 94.4 percent
12.    Duke University, 94.3 percent
13.    Washington University - St. Louis, 94 percent
14.    College of the Holy Cross, 93.3 percent
15.    Vassar College, 93.3 percent
16.    University of Chicago, 92.9 percent
17.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 92.9 percent
18.    Cornell University, 92.8 percent
19.    Georgetown University, 92.5 percent
20.    Columbia University, 92.5 percent
21.    Bucknell University, 92.3 percent
22.    Rice University, 91.6 percent
23.    Tufts University, 91.1 percent
24.    Boston College, 91 percent
25.    Middlebury College, 91 percent

Here is the list of the 25 Private colleges and universities with the worst graduation rates.

1.    Western Governors University, 6.5 percent
2.    Long Island University - Brooklyn, 17 percent
3.    Benedict College, 27.5 percent
4.    College of New Rochelle 30.1 percent
5.    Xavier University of Louisiana, 34 percent
6.    Barry University, 35.4 percent
7.    Florida Memorial University, 36.2 percent
8.    Bethune-Cookman University, 36.7 percent
9.    Hawaii Pacific University, 38.9 percent
10.    Columbia College Chicago, 40.5 percent
11.    Lynn University, 42.6 percent
12.    Clark Atlanta University, 43.1 percent
13.    Oklahoma Christian University, 43.9 percent
14.    Long Island University C.W. Post,  44.1 percent
15.    Lindenwood University, 44.9 percent
16.    Tuskegee University, 46.4 percent
17.    Curry College, 47.4 percent
18.    Campbell University, 47.8 percent
19.    Lee University, 48 percent
20.    Widener University, 48.1 percent
21.    New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury, 48.2 percent
22.    Liberty University, 48.2 percent
23.    Franklin Pierce University, 49.1 percent
24.    University of Indianapolis, 49.8 percent
25.    Florida Southern College, 51.5 percent

When it comes to college planning it is so important that parents and students know the real facts about the schools they are contemplating.  Many times what we all perceive to be a good college or university may in fact be a bad choice for your student given their intended major and the graduation rates at that school.

The last thing any family or student wants to deal with is feeling stuck unable to graduate because classes are not available to meet the final requirements.  This is something that is not publicized, and many times a student finds out only when it is too late.

This is why you need to attend one of my FREE College Planning Workshops and get the real facts behind all the fancy websites and beautiful brochures.

I make it my responsibility to know as much as possible about the various colleges and universities so that you have the information you need to make the best informed decision.   All this helps you save time and money.  

So, please accept this personal invitation to attend my next FREE College Planning Workshop and get the real facts you need.
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