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Summer College Bootcamp

Summer College Bootcamp 2023 (3)

Industry Expert Presenters, including

Matt Carpenter, Co-Founder
College Aid Pro

Peg Keough, Director of Education
College Aid Pro

Brian Ford, Admissions Application Reader

Boston University & University of California 

Dan Bisig, College Planning Expert
College Aid Pro

Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief
The Princeton Review 


Don’t miss this valuable information from the nation’s foremost experts in college financing. We will cover all of the critical parts for applying to and paying for college.

Spread over four days, each session includes a
60-minute webinar led by industry experts
with live Q&A.


Can’t make a session? Too busy that week? Don’t worry. Register and you will receive all of the session recordings so you can catch up when convenient for you.

All registrants are automatically entered in to our $1,000 ‘No Essay’ Scholarship drawing. Winner will be announced live on the final day of bootcamp and must be in attendance!

Topics Include

  • How to maximize financial aid & scholarships…even if you are not eligible.
  • What colleges look for in a college essay.
  • Navigating the Common Application
  • To SAT, ACT, or Test Optional…that is the question.
  • Building an academically and financially balanced college list
  • $1K No Essay Scholarship Winner Announcement!


Who is it for?

Parents of college-bound students graduating in 2024, 2025, or 2026 who are looking to nail the college admission, financial aid, and scholarship process. Of course students are welcome, so parents feel free to invite your kids!

What is it?

A FREE 4-day crash course covering the most critical steps when applying to and paying for college. Each session includes a 60-minute webinar led by industry experts with live Q&A.

When is it?

August 7th – August 10th @12pm-1pm ET 

Sessions Include

Session 1 - August 7th

Topic: How to Maximize Financial Aid & Scholarships…Even If You Are Not Eligible

We will cover:

  • How FAFSA changes will impact your family’s eligibility
    • Divorced/Separated families
    • Small business owners
    • Families with multiple children
  • How to increase your odds of getting more need-based aid
  • What colleges give the biggest discounts
    • Need-based aid & merit-based scholarships
  • The mechanics of the financial aid process
  • Why you to complete the FAFSA even if you’re not eligible for aid

Session 2 - August 8th

Topic: Your College Essay & Common App: What Colleges Look For

We will cover:

  • How to get started
    • Prompts for each topic
  • What makes a compelling personal statement
  • What subject matter should we avoid?
  • Step by step guidelines and timetable
  • How many essays do we have to write?
  •  What makes an application stand out
  •  What are colleges looking for
  •  How to avoid common mistakes
  • Mechanics of completing and submitting the application

Session 3 - August 9th

Topic: Standardized Testing & AP’s In College Admissions

We will cover:

  • How college view standardized tests
  • The changes in standardized tests
  • College applications & Standardized tests
  • Should students take the SAT and/or ACT even if they are not “good” test takers?
  • Is the SAT or ACT “better?
  • How do test scores impact scholarships?
  • Everything we need to know about the digital SAT

Session 4 - August 10th

Topic: Building an Academically and Financially Balanced College List

We will cover:

  • How many schools should we apply to?
  • How do we know what is a safety, target or reach?
  • Should we apply early decision, early action or regular decision?
  • Where should we send test scores vs. test optional?
  • How do we know what schools will actually cost vs. our family’s budget?
  • How much is too much to borrow?


Let’s dive in!

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