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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Get Help to Pay for Your Kids College with College Common Sense TOS Review

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   I have been blogging quite a bit about time flying around here and Nick preparing to finish High School next year. The other boys are right behind him, and college is inevitably right around the corner in our home. How on Earth are we going to afford all of these boys going off to school. They will all be in school at the same time just about.  No sooner had I asked myself that very question, and next thing I know I am offered the opportunity to review Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook from  College Common Sense.  We received the online version with the pdf workbook which sells for $25 for year long access. This is a good choice for our family since we are close to the college send offs.  If your children are younger you may want to invest in the DVD and workbook which sells for $50 + $5 for S&H, this way you have unlimited access to the program as your kids are growing up. 

   The author Denise C. Ames, who just so happens to be a financial aid consultant helps families find money to help pay for college, she teaches parents and students how to find scholarships, starting when your kids are just 6 years old. With over 10 years experience she is a wealth of information. Where in the world was this information when my kids were small?  If you have kids in elementary school you are probably thinking you have all the time in the world, that you do not need to think about college? Well you are wrong, time goes by in a blink of an eye and it will be here before you know it, just like it happened to us. One day I am thinking it is light years away and the next my son is getting a multitude of mail from colleges. It really is less than 2 years away and we have a ton of work cut out for us. You can save yourself the rat race at the last minute and get started as soon as you can.

  There is something in this program for all ages, Elementary, Middle School and High School.  Now do not get me wrong, if your kids are younger and in elementary school or even beginning stages of Middle School you will be doing most of the leg work with this program, but lucky for me my kids are older, being in 8th, 9th and 11th grade they can do all of the work themselves. I did go through the program first before I let them in on it. I wanted to know what we were getting ourselves into.
   Here is what I found was included once I dove into the program...
 There are 7 sections to the video tutorials...


1.  Steps to go to college
2.  What is financial aid?
3.  What is a FAFSA? Do I need one?
4.  How does financial aid work?
5.  Taking a college visit
6.  Where can I find free money for college? How do I apply for it?
7.  How do I fit into the whole picture of college and financial aid?

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     There were PDF worksheets to print out, about 30 in all and we assembled them into a Binder as instructed, she suggested a spiral notebook as well, to write out some of the work, but I believe in having everything handy in one place so I used divider tabs and lined notebook paper to complete our binders. The boys were not overly thrilled at first to have "extra" work to do but once we got into the swing of it they became excited at all of the possibilities of scholarships and financial aid to help them pay for college, and even at their age they feel confident that they will hopefully not have to take out large student loans. The boys have gotten into a healthy competition of who can find more scholarships to apply for than the others. They are delighted when they find one that their brothers did not.

   It is wonderful to see them actually appreciate the value in this program, and that it truly is to benefit them. The more scholarships and financial aid they apply and get accepted for the more the windows of opportunity will open for them. They will be open to apply for any college they want to and not worry so much about money and how we are going to pay for it. The small investment into this program will save you boat loads of money in the future. You do not want to delay looking into scholarships when it can save you so much money and stress later on. If you are hesitant about buying the program you may want to sign up for her FREE newsletter and FREE Lesson Plans. As soon as I found out I was going to be receiving this to review I signed up for both and it helped me immensely to get started and to go over some of the lessons before hand. If you use all of the Free help as well as purchase the Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook you will have all you need to start on the path of scholarship and financial aid hunting to secure some financial help for your kids for college. We have just started on this journey but we are eager to keep the momentum going and see how much our kids can qualify for... Just remember the time goes by in a blink of an eye and you do not want to sit kicking yourself because you did not do anything to help your kids find scholarships. Not only will this help you find scholarships and financial aid but it will help guide you through the whole process of applying for college and all of the forms that need to be filled out. To me it all seemed so overwhelming but now I am much more confident. I know that with the help fo this program we will be able to get through all of this with Nick and by the time the younger two are ready we will be old pros.

      Feel free to head on over to the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog and read what others are saying about Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook from College Common Sense.

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