The college admissions process can seem opaque and complex, especially during these challenging times. If you are helping a child who is applying to college, it can be difficult to understand what is required, and what help to give and how to give it. In addition, families face the often-daunting task of paying for college and repaying student loans in the midst of this uncertain economic climate.
College Coach® helps by providing you with expert guidance from former senior admissions officers and college finance professionals from top colleges and universities around the country. This professional assistance is available at no cost to current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs.
College admissions: supporting your child's success
College Coach® admissions expert have collectively read thousands of applications and made decisions at more than 40 leading colleges and universities throughout the country. They draw from facts, not guesswork, to answer your college admissions questions such as:
- How do I help my child put together a realistic college list?
- How do admissions officers assess a student's transcript?
- How can I engage my child in the process, and when do I begin?
- Which standardized tests should my child take, and when?
- How do extracurricular activities factor in?
Current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs can get admissions information at no cost via live webinars, the online Learning Center, and can receive expert guidance on their unique situation by signing up for a personalized assistance session.
Paying for college: knowing the options
Many people think that paying for college has two elements: save what you can and pay the bill. But in fact, there are strategies that can help you save more and pay less. College Coach® finance experts can help you learn:
- How to find scholarships
- How to maximize financial aid
- When and how to negotiate for more aid
- Why how you pay is important
- What to know before signing a loan and writing that first check
Current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs can get information at no cost on paying for college via live webinars, the online Learning Center, and can receive expert guidance on specific needs by signing up for a personalized assistance session.
Student loan repayment strategies
When college ends, the challenge of student loan repayment begins. What many people don't realize is that there are ways to make student loan repayment more manageable. Take advantage of College Coach® to get answers from experts on important questions such as:
- What federal repayment plan will best help me reach my repayment goals?
- What federal and private loan consolidation options are available to me, and should I use them?
- Are there strategies for reducing my monthly payments?
- How can I avoid delinquency or default on education debt during a personal economic hardship?
Current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs can get information at no cost on repaying student loans by attending a College Coach live webinar, the online Learning Center, and can receive expert guidance by signing up for a personalized assistance session.