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Episode #158, Monica Matthews, Your Guide to College Scholarships

On episode 158, Alexis Avila brings back to the show Monica Matthews educator and founder of www.how2winscholarships.com . In 2008-2009, Monica helped her oldest son procure over 100K in scholarship money. Monica now helps parents and students all over the world find and win college scholarship money. On today’s episode Monica shares some of tips we will find in the updated version of her nationally recognized college scholarship guide.

Monica’s updates to her guide include: How to make your online application better and how to better prep for scholarships.

Are you a B- student and want to win a scholarship? Then you CAN! Many scholarships don’t even ask for GPA.

Monica’s advice for teens going to college? Don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships. Jump right in.

For another related conversation, check out my first podcast with Monica Matthews Episode #17 How to Win the College Scholarship Game

Episode 158 Monica Matthews Your Guide to College Scholarships

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May 4th, 2017
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Episode #134, John Hupalo, Invite Education’s Plan to Financing Your Family’s College Dreams

On episode 134, Alexis Avila talks to John Hupalo CEO of Invite Education and writer of Plan and Finance Your Family’s College Dreams; A Parent’s Step-by-step guide from Pre-K to Senior Year from the Co-Founders of Invite Education. John is a nationally recognized expert in education loan finance and private credit student loans. On today’s episode, John talks about some key strategies families should employ when planning and financing their child’s college education. For a free three month trial of Invite Education’s college planning and financing tool go to: www.inviteeducation.com and type in “3Free”

John’s words of wisdom for teens: The most successful people don’t typically draw straight lines from college to career. Be as flexible as possible, be open to opportunities, and find what inspires you.

For another related conversation, check out podcast  episode #19 with Jodi Okun, Finding College Cash, http://preppedandpolished.com/jodi-okun-finding-college-cash/

Episode 134, John Hupalo, Invite Education’s Plan to Financing Your Family’s College Dreams

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August 27th, 2016
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College Counseling from a PARENT’S Perspective

On episode 102, Alexis talks to college coach expert and writer Suzanne Shaffer of the popular college coaching site, Parents Countdown to College. Suzanne brings a unique perspective to the college admissions process, the PARENT’S perspective. On today’s episode, Suzanne shares her personal story and insights on how she helped her own kids navigate the college admissions process. If you are a ‘do it yourself’ kind of parent, this episode is a must listen.

Suzanne’s must do’s: apply to local scholarships, apply to colleges where you are going to shine

Suzanne’s things to avoid: don’t waste time applying to scholarships that you don’t think you have a chance winning, and don’t apply to colleges without visiting first

Suzanne’s ‘a-ha’ moment: 1. Everyone qualifies for financial aid, just fill out the FAFSA form!

Advice to parents? Don’t miss out on Twitter. Use twitter to ask questions to experts in college admission process.

Recommended college experts who offer tons of free information:

Financial Aid: Jodi Okun and my podcast with Jodi Okun

College Visits: Kelly Queijo and my podcast with Kelly Queijo

College Planning: Paul Hemphill

College Essays: College Essay Guy

Episode 102, Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College

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December 11th, 2015
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Episode 65: How To Appeal Your Financial Aid Award

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s Tutoring Tips show, guest host, Todd Weaver of Strategies for College.com talks about how you can appeal a financial aid award letter in order to get more help to pay for college tuition More information about Unleash Your Presence can be found on the web:

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May 19th, 2015
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How To Appeal Your Financial Aid Award

Guest Blogger, Todd Weaver of Strategies For College gives you his best tips on how to appeal your financial aid award.

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April 14th, 2015
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Financial Aid Guidance for Families of Separation or Divorce

Guest Todd Weaver of Strategies For College, Inc. http://www.strategiesforcollege.com presents financial aid tips for families of separation or divorce.

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November 20th, 2014
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Three College Financial Aid Tips for Parents

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished asks Financial Aid Strategist Todd Weaver to list his three favorite financial aid tips for parents. ‬

1. Know your expected family contribution (EFC)
2. File financial aid forms on time or early.
3. Get to know your student’s financial aid advisor from the college he matriculated.
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Todd Weaver’s company is called Strategies for College.
To see more of Todd’s work on financial aid, please visit his informative blog College Search Game plan.

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Alexis: Hey everyone. Alexis Avila at Prepped and Polished here in Boston.
Today I’m with Todd Weaver, senior associate of Boston firm, Strategies for
College. Todd has a BA from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Northeastern as well
as several years of experience working in the financial aid office in
Northeastern University. So Todd, what financial aid tips do you have for
parents?

Todd: Tip number one. Know your expected family contribution. Parents and
students should log into college websites, and plug in their data to what’s
called a net price calculator. As of last year, all colleges are now
mandated to have a net price calculator on their website that allows a
family to plug in their financial data.

Sometimes a little bit more information than just that, like a student’s
grades and test scores, etc. To then learn what that particular college is
going to expect the family to pay as a net price. So not the sticker price,
but what your family is going to pay as the net price. That’s you EFC dry
run, so to speak.

Tip number two. File your forms for financial aid on time, or early if you
can. When I worked at Northeastern in the Financial Aid office, I can’t
tell you how many times people lost their financial aid when they didn’t
get their forms in on time. You need to check out all of the college
websites for financial aid to understand what the application deadlines
are, what forms are needed, and get things in on time.

Tip number three. Get to know your student’s financial aid adviser at the
college they matriculate at. What this is going to do is help you and your
student make sure that things are done in a timely fashion for each of the
four years that your student is in college. Not five years, just four. This
person will be an advocate for your student in helping them understand what
the repayment terms might be after college, what some of the loan
forgiveness options are. Perhaps, even talk to them a little bit about
income based repayment terms. IBR, which is a new program that the federal
government put out.

So the take away from these three tips is start early and know what your
family is up against in terms of the financial aid ramifications from each
college that your student is considering.

Alexis: Fantastic. Thanks so much, Todd, for your time. Parents, sign up
for Todd’s free informative blog, College Search GamePlan.com, and check
out his firm’s website, Strategies for College.net. Thanks, Todd.

Todd: Thanks, Alexis.

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May 23rd, 2012
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College Inc. The Problems With For-Profit Colleges

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished reacts to Frontline’s recent episode, College Inc.

Pro: For-profit colleges are convenient
Con: Teaching quality is compromised
Con: Free money is difficult to obtain

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What are your reactions to this Frontline episode? Are for-profit colleges good or bad for America?

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May 5th, 2010
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