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The Test Optional Path in the 2022/23 Application Cycle: Q and A with CIT  College Testing Policies Expert Tiffany Kolb

By Susan Whalen | July 29, 2022

CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb discusses what families need to know now about the test optional path in college admissions: Important takeaways from the most recent application cycle, possibilities of test optional applications at highly selective colleges, and the process of determining whether or not to submit scores Q:  Tiffany, in general terms, what’s new on…

Jay Benanav Q and A: Financial Aid Issues for 2023 HS Graduates

By Susan Whalen | July 29, 2022

College Inside Track founder and nationally recognized college admissions financial aid expert Jay Benanav discusses some of the most salient college financial aid issues relative to the 2022-2023 application cycle   Q: Jay, what is new and reportable in the 2022 landscape of financial aid?  What have we learned in the last application cycle?  Even…

Five Minute Video Tour of Milwaukee School of Engineering, with Dr. Heather McCowen

By Susan Whalen | July 16, 2022

Click here: Five Minutes on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus Spend five minutes with CIT Consultant Dr. Heather McCowen as she takes you on a high-spirited tour of Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Twenty undergraduate programs in a wide variety of engineering disciplines; robust business, nursing and math majors, plus minors ranging from Spanish to…

Cozy Wittman on Wicked Pissah Podcast: Financial Strategies Driving the College Search

By Susan Whalen | July 14, 2022

  Cozy Wittman, Wicked Pissah Podcast, Episode 118 College Inside Track’s Cozy Wittman offers a really fun, comprehensive discussion around the college search.  With strong advice for financial advisers, the podcast speaks to all listeners with a stake in the college search. When should families begin thinking about the college search?  When should the scholarship…

Congratulations Class of 2022!

By Susan Whalen | July 7, 2022

Class of 2022, by the numbers.  Congratulations to all of our 2022 clients!

Summer Job or Professional Job-Shadow? The Role of “Impact” and Why It Matters in Admissions

By Susan Whalen | June 17, 2022

Article written by College Inside Track consultant Paige Feldman With the school year winding down, many students and parents are still fully immersed in that age-old conversation –what will you do with your summer break? In our continued effort to demystify and provide encouragement to students and families looking to make summer count, we want…

Congratulations to Rachel Reed, University of Findlay Class of 2026!

By Susan Whalen | June 14, 2022

Congratulations to Rachel Reed, University of Findlay Class of 2026! The University of Findlay is a Christian college about an hour south of Toledo, which specializes in health professions and animal science. In addition to its 86-acre Main Campus, the University operates a 52-acre facility on the east side of Findlay, the James L. Child…

Congratulations to Julia Schowalter, Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst

By Susan Whalen | June 10, 2022

Congratulations to Julia Schowalter, admitted to the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the largest public university in New England. Julia will be studying political science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her consultant met Julia in September of her senior year. Full of ambition and ready to roll up…

Video response: “Can We Juggle Assets to Make Ourselves Need-based?”

By Susan Whalen | June 8, 2022

In this three minute video, CIT Education and Partnerships lead Cozy Wittman answers the perennial questions asked by high-EFC parents in search of college dollars: “Can we juggle assets to make ourselves need-based? What can we do to make ourselves needier on the FAFSA and CSS Profile?”      Learn the single strongest factor determining whether or…

Travelogue: CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb Tours a Midwest Hidden Gem, Luther College

By Susan Whalen | June 2, 2022

Travelogue: CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb Tours a Midwest Hidden Gem, Luther College.  Luther College, located in Decorah, Iowa, is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,000 students. The campus sits in the rolling hills of rural Iowa. When I toured the campus, deer were strolling across the green, and they took no note of us,…

Congratulations to Luke Niesen, Oberlin College and Conservatory ’26!

By Susan Whalen | May 30, 2022

Luke Niesen’s junior year started on what was by any measure, a spectacular note. He had won a prestigious scholarship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program to wholly support a year of study in Germany. It was a fantastic opportunity, and one that certainly pushed him outside of his comfort zone.  A gifted musician, Luke…

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…