Your College Concierge
By Peter Ratzan
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This is the podcast where we deconstruct how to find, get into and afford college in the US today. From writing college application essays to getting the most financial aid to the evolution of higher education…we cover it here. Find more college resources and show notes at our website, www.YourCollegeConcierge.com.
||CleanHow To Prepare For College During The Winter Months, Episode 12||The month of December is a transition month for high school students: it's when we prepare for holiday breaks, but also for jumping into college preparation in 10th, 11th and 12th grade as soon as students return from the break. In this episode, Peter and Carla from Your College Concierge cover what to prepare for and focus on in each grade so parents know the key topics and deadlines for supporting their students.||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Process of Being Accepted By A College, Episode 11||If you get accepted by a college, how do they let you know? It used to be that a student would receive an envelope in the mail, but now there are a variety of ways. When you choose a school, what do you do next? Peter Ratzan and Carla Holness cover how the admissions and acceptance process works in this episode from Your College Concierge.||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinancial Aid: Need-Based vs. Need-Aware Colleges, Episode 10||When it comes to receiving scholarships and grants from colleges, there are many considerations that factor into determining how much money a college or university will offer a student. There’s also a distinction among schools as “need-based” verses “need-aware” when it comes to financial aid. What does that mean? In this episode, Peter Ratzan explains these terms and how you can use that to find the greatest opportunities for financial aid when it comes to choosing a college to attend in the US today.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Financial Aid Is Used Strategically By Colleges, Episode 9||When it comes to going to college, financial aid is a huge topic for parents and students--often the determining factor when it comes to choosing which school to attend. Yet, from the colleges' perspective, financial aid can be a strategy used for recruiting and retaining students. Financial aid packages from colleges and universities are awarded for many reasons, and in varying amounts---no two students are alike when it comes to schools deciding if a student qualifies for aid and how much to award them. In this episode, Peter Ratzan and Carla Holness discuss financial aid as a recruitment tool.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinancial Aid Season Begins: What You Need To Know, Ep 8||Financial Aid is a big part of planning for college. Many people mistakenly think that their family income is too high to qualify for financial aid, but thatâs often not the case. There are 2 types of financial aid and 2 main forms to fill out to qualify. Weâll explain this as well as the resources and information you need to submit your financial aid forms this fall.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Build Your College List, Episode 7||How to Build Your College List, Episode 7||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Ace a College Interview, Episode 6||What are the most useful tips to consider when preparing for an interview with a college (or a job)? What kinds of questions might be asked? Peter gives an example of how to make a positive impression---one that could be remembered for years.||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhich Extracurricular Activities Count? Episode 5||How do you (or your child) spend your time when you’re not at school? Is one type of extracurricular activity better than another? What if you have other obligations? Peter explains what college admissions officers look for when reviewing applications.||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack to School, Episode 4||It’s the time of the year where school starts again for the fall. In this episode, we’re gonna take a deep dive on what to expect to make the most out of your school year. If you’re a 12th grader, 11th grader, 10th grader or 9th grader or a parent, you’ll know what to expect and what to be looking out for so you’ll have the best year ever as you prepare for college.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Does Social Media Affect College Admissions? Episode 3||Social media can be a fantastic tool to become familiar with a college’s activities and atmosphere. But it can also compromise your acceptance. Peter discusses a recent example from Harvard.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe College Application Essay: Tips & Mistakes, Episode 2||The application essay is an opportunity for you (or your child) to express yourself and help an admissions officer get to know you. This episode gives pointers---and easy mistakes to avoid.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVisiting Colleges: Why, When and What to Expect, Episode 1||Why is it important for you (or your child) to visit a college before applying---and what should you look for? Who should you contact, and how do you follow up?||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|