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Wellness Resources For Your College-Bound Child

CIT Consultant Stephanie George discusses how to help your college-bound child plan for wellness   Q. Nationally, there has been a strong uptick in students reporting depression and anxiety as a function of the transition to college.  What’s your best advice for parents, including advice about resources? Before your child heads to college, I suggest…

Travelogue: Dr. Heather McCowen tours Pacific Lutheran University, April 2022

Tour of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) on Saturday, April 9, 2022.- Heather McCowen   Today, I visited Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Tacoma is located south of Seattle and is the “Tac” part of the Sea-Tac Airport. Tacoma was initially supposed to be the big city in Washington as it landed the western terminus…

Insider Tips on the Successful College Tour, with CIT Consultant Lessa Scherrer

Hello Lessa!  You’re our inside expert on all things related to the college tour.  Let’s begin by talking about how COVID has changed the college tour. During the height of the pandemic, colleges closed for guided, in-person tours. Many are now open but with modified tours that often don’t go into campus buildings. Many families…

FAFSA 101 with CIT’s Cozy Wittman: The Weekly Wealth Podcast April 6

FAFSFA 101 with Cozy Wittman on The Weekly Wealth Podcast:  Listen Now! In this April 6 broadcast,  CIT’s Cozy Wittman speaks with David Chudyk on FAFSA-related topics. College planning, college selection, college funding, and even the decision TO go to college can impact the financial lives of students and parents for decades.  In this episode, Cozy…

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Insider tips for the week of April 4, 2022

  Finding meaningful summer activities – Summer is a golden opportunity for students to contribute to the story of who they are, what they value, and how they are engaging their passions, interests & dedication in meaningful ways. CIT Consultant Paige Feldman proposes thinking about what values a student wants to bring forward with the…

5 things every family should know about their expected family contribution (EFC)

You fill out the FAFSA, which gives you your expected family contribution (EFC), which is how much your family will pay for college. Seems simple right? Ah, but like most things with the college process, that is unfortunately not the case. Here are 5 things every family should know about that EFC. 1 Your EFC…

VIDEO: HS Juniors! Three Things To Do NOW To Ensure Strong Teacher Rec Letters

Juniors have experienced online learning and cancelled or shortened extracurricular activities as a function of the pandemic.  Many report that they tell they hardly know the teachers who have taught them this year, and worry that their core teachers don’t know enough about them to write great letters of recommendation. Don’t despair!  CIT Consultant Robin…

Finding Meaningful Summer Activities by CIT Consultant Paige Feldman

While we just finished winter, spring is in the air, but our minds turn toward summer. Over the next few months, CIT consultants will be discussing summer plans with our clients to demystify and provide some encouragement to students & families looking to make summer count.  In terms of college planning, summer is a golden…

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The Successful Fine Arts Application: CIT Consultant Dr. Heather McCowen on What You Need to Know Now

Heather, let’s get to the Big Question first.  Clients who come to College Inside Track wanting to pursue fine arts degrees always want to know, which degree should I pursue?  The BFA or the BA degree in Fine Arts? Let’s start with discussing which majors the BFA may possibly cover. Typically, the Bachelor of Fine…

Dual Enrollment, PSEO, College in the Schools? CIT Consultant Kim Koffi on What You Need to Know Now

Kim, we are getting so many queries from families right now about dual enrollment programs.  What is dual enrollment? What is PSEO? The Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a dual degree program in Minnesota that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college courses outside of their high school in-person or online. They…