Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (12.8.18)

My rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A sessions are my chance to answer questions from underclassmen, junior, and senior parents alike. And my recent session was no different! In it, I answer questions on scholarships, financial aid, test scores, essays, and more. In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered and to watch the full video!

SOME QUESTIONS YOU'LL SEE ME ANSWER: 
  • If a student is applying to some schools that do not require supplemental essays and some schools that require them, should they prepare two separate main essays?
  • Will scholarships let the non recipients know if they are out of the running?
  • Would it be beneficial to let Regular Decision colleges know of any scholarships received during the Early Action round? 
  • How do colleges know how much editing and input students receive from others on their essays?
  • How beneficial is it to reach out to the regional recruiter for the schools your child is interested in?
  • How much should you reveal about a student who has an IEP/504? Can this be held against a student?
  • Do you get likely letters for Early Decision and Early Action schools?
  • When should you submit AP scores to colleges?
  • Any idea if the UCs will drop the essay requirement before next year's applicant pool?
  • What are the chances of a student being admitted to a college they were previously rejected from after a gap year?
  • If you are happy with your SAT score, do you need to take it again?
  • What are the pros and cons of applying to the honors college of a university? 
  • What is the most effective way to stand out when applying to highly selective colleges?
  • If a student stumbles during freshman year, how significantly will this impact his or her college options?
  • Do colleges recruit based on grades and test scores on Naviance or any other way? 
  • If a student is admitted to a college Early Decision, is the agreement binding if the financial aid package does not meet the family's needs?
  • What recommendations do you have for parents concerned about college affordability?