The Teen Years and Beyond

... Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our webinars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Presented by the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships: Understanding and Negotiating Offers

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Stacey MacPhetres, M.A.; Director of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

Your child’s need-based financial aid and merit scholarship offers are in. What next? This session will cover how to interpret your options with a critical lens and make decisions that will maximize offers and reduce college costs. You will learn how to:

  • Understand and compare various offers
  • Differentiate between “financial aid” and “financing options”
  • Establish the real costs of college and the renewability of financial aid
  • Negotiate and ask for additional merit scholarship funds
  • Appeal for additional financial aid

SAT & ACT: Which Is Right for My Child?

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Allie Kirchner; Senior Academic Advisor, Revolution Prep

Most schools accept both the SAT and ACT. So how do you know which one your child should take? This webinar will offer you and your family the facts about this important decision, including:

  • Steps you can take to determine the right test
  • Key identifiers to help you choose
  • Test dates and timeline options

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Standardized Testing in the 2020s

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Megan Stubbendeck, M.A., Ph.D.; Managing Director of Operations, ArborBridge

The SAT was overhauled in 2016, and college requirements are constantly evolving. For those who have a child applying to college, knowing what's changed over the past five years is key to admissions success. This webinar will help your and your family understand the current landscape and prepare your child for a new generation of tests. Key topics covered include:

  • Which colleges are dropping test requirements and what to do about it
  • The format of the new SAT and how to prepare for it
  • Changes to SAT Subject Test and AP policies
  • How Covid-19 has affected exams

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Successful Scholarship Strategies

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Tara Piantanida-Kelly, B.A.; Director of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

A basic web search for the word “scholarship” yields nearly 200 million results. Many parents — particularly those with minimal to no need-based aid eligibility — are counting on scholarships to reduce their children’s college costs. But with so many options, most families don’t know how to efficiently find scholarships their child has a greater likelihood of receiving. This webinar will streamline the scholarship search process, teaching you how to:

  • Understand the difference between college-based and privately funded scholarships
  • Strategically develop a college list to maximize college-based scholarship funding
  • Identify the best sources of outside scholarships and avoid scams
  • Organize the scholarship application process
  • Fit scholarships into an overall college finance plan

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Before You Borrow: Exploring Your College Finance Options

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

Financing a college education is a big commitment that can affect students and families for decades. So, don’t borrow willy-nilly. Invest in your future and join this webinar to better understand the various options, and the long-term consequences, that go along with borrowing. You will receive:

  • An overview of available college financing options
  • Information on borrowing, including who should do it, how much to borrow, what to consider when cosigning, and how to plan beyond the first year
  • Tools to calculate the true cost of borrowing loans, factoring in fees, interest, and repayment terms

College Admissions During COVID-19

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Laurie Peltier, M.B.A.; Director of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

Maungsai (Sai) Somboon, M.A.; Senior Manager of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

Karen Spencer, M.Ed.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

Shannon Vasconcelos, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

The pandemic has made everything more stressful and complex, including the college admissions process. This webinar is designed to help you and your family navigate these challenges and stay on track for college admissions success. You will get answers to your questions including:

  • How can we research colleges when campuses are closed?
  • Where can we find colleges that will offer my child a scholarship?
  • Do we need to make a plan for standardized tests when so many colleges were test optional or test free this year?
  • Should we include changed financial circumstances in our initial application, or wait to get an aid package and then appeal?
  • What are some ways we can demonstrate interest in the colleges on my child's list if we're unable to visit?

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School and Educational Support

Does your elementary, middle, or high school student need support with their distance or "hybrid" learning? Looking for a summer program that meets your child’s academic and social-emotional needs? Connect with an expert education advisor who can help your child and family navigate and succeed in the current educational environment.

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College Admissions and Financial Advising

Wondering how your family will navigate the college application process and financial landscape during the pandemic? Take advantage of expert, personalized guidance on the college admissions process and how to finance your teen’s college education.

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