College Inside Track'sFamily Checkup See how your family's doing with the college process. Make it better. Help your child thrive. Measure your progress with the Family Checkup Complete this 20-question survey to see how well you are doing as a family in 3 key components: Fit, Process and Financial. At the end of the survey you’ll get a score and valuable recommendations to help you improve what you are doing. Step 1 of 3 33% Name* First Last Email* Student's HS Graduation Year*Select year...2012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024202520262027202820292030Select which statement best reflects where your family is at currently. Classes*We have not identified our child’s high level areas of interestRough understanding of interests , but haven’t considered class alignmentHigh level interests identified, but didn’t think about aligning classesHigh level interests identified, class schedule somewhat alignedHigh level interests identified and class schedule fully alignedCareer Exploration*My child has not taken any steps to explore potential careersPreliminary research on careers conducted through schoolMy child has a well researched list of potential careers but has not tried any on in the fieldIdentified a number of potential careers and has arranged informational interviews, job shadows and/or actual employment for at least oneMy child has identified a number of potential careers and has arranged informational interviews, job shadows and/or actual employment for more than oneCampus visits*We have not visited any collegesWe’ve visited a couple colleges, but none on our target listWe’ve visited a few colleges on our target list, but only through their formal tourWe’ve visited nearly all of the colleges on our target list, and have had a few experiences outside the formal tourWe’ve visited all or most of the colleges on our list and have had meaningful experiences with each outside of the formal tourAdmissibility*Do not know our child’s GPA or standardized test scoresKnow our GPA and test scores, but have no idea if our child will get into any of the colleges on our listWe considered admissibility for at least a few schools, but have no idea what those schools are likely to costUnderstand how to project our chances of admissibility but are unclear how to use that info to estimate costWe understand how to reasonably project our child’s chances of admissibility and what we are likely to pay before applying at all of the colleges on our target listFinding the right fit*Do not know our child’s GPA or standardized test scoresKnow our GPA and test scores, but have no idea if our child will get into any of the colleges on our listWe considered admissibility for at least a few schools, but have no idea what those schools are likely to costUnderstand how to project our chances of admissibility but are unclear how to use that info to estimate costWe understand how to reasonably project our child’s chances of admissibility and what we are likely to pay before applying at all of the colleges on our target listTarget college list*Neither we nor our child have thought about what criteria are important to us in a collegeWe’ve thought about what college criteria are important, but our son/daughter hasn’tWe’ve started a target list but haven’t tied it to a shared priority listBoth we and our child have prioritized what college criteria are important, but we haven’t built a target listWe’ve worked together with our child to prioritize what criteria are important to all of us in a college and have started building a target list of schools Extracurriculars*Our child isn’t involved in any extracurricular activitiesTried a few extracurriculars but dropped themOur child is in as many extracurriculars as possibleOur child is focusing on a couple extracurriculars but isn’t passionate about anyOur child is deeply involved in a manageable number of extracurriculars he/she is passionate aboutCollege selectivity*We don’t understand the different types of colleges or how they admit studentsKnow certain colleges are harder to get into, but don’t understand why or howWe understand at least 1 of the influential factors in gaining admission to selective colleges but aren’t working on them with our childUnderstand at least 1 influential factor in gaining admission to selective colleges and have worked with our child on itWe understand the 3 influential factors in gaining admission to selective colleges and are actively working to position our child for success in all 3Comparing colleges*We haven’t started looking at collegesStarted looking at colleges, but aren’t keeping notesLooking at colleges and keeping notes, but haven’t thought much about what is important to usWe’ve thought about what is important to us and are keeping notes, but don’t have a consistent system to compare themWe have developed a matrix to rate all the aspects of college that are important to us, and are using this to rate those we are most interested in side-by-sideDeadlines*We haven’t started thinking about collegeWe’ve identified a few colleges we like, to but have no idea when deadlines areKnow when some of the deadlines are for the schools we are interested inAware of the deadlines for the schools we are applying to, but no system to organizeWe have a complete and organized system to keep track of all application, essay and scholarship deadlinesThe money talk*We have no idea what we can afford for collegeHave a rough idea of what we can afford, but need to budget it outDiscussed general financial parameters with our child, but nothing specificClear understanding of what we can afford but have not discussed with our childWe have a clear understanding of what we can afford for college and have discussed that with our childApplication essays*We haven’t done anything with college application essaysAware of the essay deadlines, but haven’t startedHave done some essay practice, but don’t know the 5 steps to a successful college essayImplemented a couple of the 5 steps to a successful college essayWe understand the 5 steps to a successful college essay and have implemented them on a real or practice essayActivities*We haven’t kept track of any of our child’s activities or serviceWe’ve written a few things downRecorded most activities and service but not following 3D exerciseFollowing 3D exercise with some interestsOur child has an up-to-date record of all activities and community service and follows the 3D exercise with each interestStandardized tests*Our child is not planning to take the ACT or SATWe’re planning to take at least one of the standardized tests but haven’t looked into datesHave a date in mind but haven’t scheduled anythingWe’ve scheduled a date but haven’t considered the 3 key questions as part of the decisionWe used the 3 key questions to determine the best time to take the standardized tests and have either taken or scheduled at least one Types of aid*Do not understand how financial aid works at allUnderstand there is need-based aid and merit aid, but not clear what the differences areUnderstand the difference between need-based and merit aid, but have no idea which we are likely to qualify forWe understand the difference between need-based aid and merit aid, which type(s) we are likely to qualify for, and are structuring our college list with that in mindWe used the 3 key questions to determine the best time to take the standardized tests and have either taken or scheduled at least oneExpected Family Contribution (EFC) *Have no idea what Expected Family Contribution (EFC) isUnderstand what EFC is, but have no idea what ours isWe have a rough understanding of our EFC, but don’t understand how to use itGood estimate of our EFC and generally how to use it when considering colleges on our target listWe have a good estimate of our Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the financial aid policy at each of the colleges on our target listFinancial aid forms*Have no idea what the FAFSA and CSS/Profile forms areHeard of the FAFSA, but not the CSS/ProfileUnderstand how to complete the FAFSA but not the CSS/ProfileUnderstand how to complete both forms but aren’t clear which are required by colleges on our target listWe understand the difference between the FAFSA and CSS/Profile forms, how to complete each and which are required by all the colleges on our target listFinancial aid appeal*We have no clue how the financial aid process worksUnderstand colleges tell us how much they will cost, but that is about itWe understand how a financial aid award works but have never heard of an appealUnderstand how a financial aid works and that it can be appealed, but have no idea how to go about the processWe understand what a financial aid appeal is and how to go about the processComprehensive cost*Have no clue how much the schools we are looking at costSomewhat understand the difference between sticker price and net price of a collegeUnderstand the sticker price of schools we are looking atHave a general idea of how much the schools we are looking at would cost us in the first yearWe understand how to read a financial aid award from a college and calculate the actual cost for each of the 4 years, including how that may change in subsequent years due to aid changing and where other children may bePaying for college*No idea how we’ll pay for collegeWe are planning to pay for what we can’t afford through scholarships because of our child’s grades or talentsPlan to take out loans for whatever we cannot affordWe will target schools that are a fit academically, socially and financially to minimize the need of financial aidWe are focusing on identifying the best fit schools academically, socially and financially and if appropriate will use the appeals process once we receive the financial aid awards This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.