Strengthen FIT Component

College Inside Track’s Family Checkup is designed to create awareness, highlighting key components of your family’s college process you can strengthen with specific resources. 

Based on your responses – the FIT component is your weakest. The solution – use our free resources below and in our College Insider section to educate yourself and your family.

advisorsHiring one of our College Inside Track experts is the fastest way to give your family an advantage with the complicated college process and assist you step-by-step to ensure you aren’t missing anything to help your family find the right fit and save lots of money.

To learn more and for a free hour of customized advice, schedule a family consultation.

About Family Checkup


We measure how prepared you are to consider the right academic, social and financial fit when determining the best college for your child. Students often transfer or drop out because they found a fit in 1 or 2 of the areas, but not in all 3.

Academic fit means your child will be challenged, but not so much so that he or she is in over their head, and the college offers programs matching areas of interest.

Social fit takes into account the personality of the college and how it aligns with your son or daughter, as well as access and availability of things like sports and clubs that are important to them

Financial fit considers your family's financial situation, the gifts and talents of your child and how they align with a college's financial aid policy. This is perhaps the most challenging of the 3 for families to figure out because financial aid policies are not easily understood and in many cases change.


The college process is quite complex and staying on top of everything can be very challenging. There are strategies and best practices for each step along the way, and we measure how prepared your family is to successfully navigate the rapids ahead.


Paying for college is the second largest purchase most families will make in their lifetime, yet most know more about buying something comparatively insignificant like a television. Making things more complicated, like airline tickets there is no consistent pricing model and nearly everyone is paying a different price even though they are generally receiving the same education. We measure how prepared you are to make the college purchase and get the best financial deal for your family.

Featured Resources for FIT

3 things to consider before making your college decision

  May 1 is National College Decision Day, the deadline for students to make deposits to attend the college of their choice. But before you send in that check, here are three important things to consider:   1. Affordability is part of fit   Many students choose their college based on academic and social fit…

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Insider tips for the week of November 8, 2021

   How to find good schools…for you – Rick Clark writes an excellent article about how to find right-fit schools. Click here to read some questions you should answer while determining if a college is a good school for you (and see a picture of a crazy-flexible 10-year-old).   Big changes to financial aid and…


What Every Parent Should Know

Most teens start thinking about college in junior and senior year of high school. For many students this is too late! It is important for parents to understand that college admissions requirements have taken a major shift since they went to college. Schools are still looking for students with good grades and high standardized test scores – that…