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7 insider tips for picking your best college

By Chris Wills | August 16, 2017

CIT’s Cozy Wittman was a featured guest on the “Financial Symmetry” podcast hosted by Mike Eklund and Chad Smith. Cozy shares how so much has changed over the past 30 years, between college prices skyrocketing up to 500 percent, and the vast amount of options now available. She emphasizes that the game has changed and…

MSCA 2017 slide show

By Chris Wills | May 4, 2017

Click the following link to access the slide show from the 2017 Minnesota School Counselors Association Conference: CIT MSCA 2017 power point

College Inside Track seminar handouts

By Chris Wills | March 23, 2017

Click on each of the following links below to download the College Inside Track seminar handouts: The 5 Myths of College Costs 3 ways families can lose financial aid Beware of bait-and-switch pricing Generous Colleges Schafer Star Tribune   View upcoming seminars and get the link to register by clicking the event and choosing “more…

6 Steps to Admissions Success online course

By Chris Wills | July 22, 2016

Do you have questions about applying to college? Taught by CIT’s Dr. Matthew Andrews, our free course helps students and parents walk through the essential steps to prepare and apply for college. The course introduces 6 steps with instructions, worksheets, and lectures that explain how to apply for admission to college. Information in this course includes hyperlinks to resources,…

6 Steps to Admissions Success eBook

By Chris Wills | July 22, 2016

Written by CIT’s Dr. Matthew Andrews, this eBook teaches students, parents, and mentors the essential 6 steps of college applications with strategies to improve an applicant’s chances of admission to college. The book includes instructions, worksheets, and explanations on how to apply for admission to college. Information includes hyperlinks to websites to search for colleges,…

Seminar PowerPoint – CW

By Chris Wills | December 15, 2015

Click the link below to download Chris Wills’ College Inside Track seminar PowerPoint. CIT seminar power point


5 last chance strategies for parents of juniors

By Chris Wills | December 3, 2015

With the recent change in the FAFSA, this year’s junior class will be the first to use tax information from 2 years prior to their year of HS graduation, as opposed to the current 1 year. In other words, starting with 2017 HS grads, a family’s tax information from 2015 — or the spring of…

Visiting Colleges Checklist

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

The folks at have put together a nice and detailed checklist to use when visiting colleges; we suggest filling this out for each of your visits and then using it as a basis for comparison: Visiting_Colleges_Checklist

3 Key Questions to Determine When to Take Standardized Tests

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

Most families don’t realize that timing should be a consideration when taking standardized tests, and Lauren Gaggioli of shares 3 main criteria she uses to determine whether students should take their first test in the fall or the spring.   Question #1: What level math is your student in?   If your student is…

Calculate Your Chance of Admission

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

Curious if you have what it takes to get admitted to certain universities? Check out the College Chanculator tool courtesy of Veritas Prep. Note that you will have to create an account to view the results and you can opt-in if you would like to have your info shared with colleges.

Tough College Visit Questions to Ask

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

Article By Making It Count and FastWeb About Academics What academic elements are considered in the admissions process, for example: courses, grades, test scores, rank, interests, institutional needs, essays, recommendations, and interviews? How important are each of these factors? Is the college/university accredited? How many students return after their freshman year? What percentage of students…

Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

These strategies will have the largest impact on need-based aid eligibility. By implementing these strategies, you will be able to maximize your aid eligibility and therefore have a chance of receiving more financial aid. None of these strategies are guaranteed, but they do offer the best chance. Save money in the parent’s name, not the child’s name.…