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The Parent Plus Loan: Pros, Cons, and Sneaky Financial Aid Offers

By Susan Whalen | May 22, 2022

  The Parent Plus Loan: Pros, Cons, and Sneaky Financial Aid Offers   THREE MIN VIDEO.  CIT’s Cozy Wittman lays out the pros, cons, and some caveats related to this loan. Parents: carefully examine how your college leverages the loan in your financial aid offer! What are the real numbers?  If  the Parent Plus Loan…

Meet future Gopher Finn McCormick!

By Susan Whalen | May 19, 2022

Article written by College Inside Track Consultant Tiffany Kolb When he was 8 years old, Finn McCormick could be found in the kitchen, baking items he would then load into his bike trailer and sell throughout the neighborhood. “Finn’s Bakery Bike” was the first of many ventures Finn would attempt. Finn’s mom, Flannery Delaney said…

Travelogue: CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb Tours Butler University, March 2022

By Susan Whalen | May 15, 2022

I visited Butler University in March. This time of year can be challenging in the Midwest; there is so much variation in the weather. You may be touring in snow, cold, sleet or rain, or any combination of these. That was not the case when I drove down to Indianapolis for a look at this…

Congratulations to Sophia Behnke, Augustana College Class of ’26!

By Susan Whalen | May 13, 2022

Congratulations to Sophia Behnke, Augustana College Class of ‘26! Augustana is a selective, private liberal arts college in Rock Island, Illinois. It sits on 115 hilly, wooded acres adjacent to the Mississippi River, and has a strong reputation for excellence in the creative arts.  Remember Sophia’s name, because with world enough and time Sophia one…

Congratulations to Sammy Ball, University of San Diego ’26!

By Susan Whalen | May 9, 2022

Congratulations to Sammy Ball, University of San Diego ’26! Last May, if you had asked Orono High School student Sammy Ball if she imagined herself committing to the University of San Diego (USD) she would have said, “no way!!”  In fact, she immediately rejected the school when her CIT college consultant recommended she take a…

LD Best Practices: Finding the Right College Fit for Students with Learning Disabilities with CIT Consultant Paige Feldman

By Susan Whalen | May 5, 2022

Hello Paige!  You’ve worked for decades as an educator and educational consultant with students with learning disabilities. Is there a ‘best’ college for students with disabilities, and what are some best practices you employ when working on college lists with students with an LD? The question of whether there is a “best” college is a…

Travelogue: Dr. Heather McCowen Tours Columbia College Chicago, March 2022

By Susan Whalen | May 4, 2022

On a cold March morning in 2022, I decided I needed to be neighborly and visit Columbia College Chicago. I have been living amongst the many creative college students at Columbia as we are both located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. I’ve heard their late-night Manifest Festival Concerts, seen their artwork in storefronts…

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

By Susan Whalen | April 23, 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

By Susan Whalen | April 19, 2022

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

By Susan Whalen | April 8, 2022

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…

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

By Susan Whalen | April 5, 2022

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

By Susan Whalen | March 30, 2022

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…