A Collegiate Conversation suggesting a Strategic Systematic Plan

college-savings-11It happens every school year and it is already starting. Many high school students have aspirations of going to a top-tier college (music school, law school, med school) — but then, somewhere during senior year, their dream gets crushed as the academic and/or financial realities set in:

I really wanted to go to [name brand] university, but I’m going to have to settle for [XYZ] because we don’t have the money, I did lousy on the SAT, or on my audition, etc…

Sadly, these are often the students who never took the time to practice and prepare for the PSAT or SAT tests — they just showed up at the test sites and were blown away by both the tests and the results. That shouldn’t happen. Or they waited until two weeks before the music school audition to ask for some help. Unimpressive.They saw that the college application included an essay, but they did what they did all through high school — slopped something together at the last minute, counted the words to make sure they had the minimum and sent it off, expecting spectacular results from mediocre effort. They didn’t apply for the smaller scholarships, only the big ones – and didn’t get them. Their resumes only takes up half a page and they never fostered the relationships with their teachers to earn in depth and powerfully worded recommendations. They didn’t work a plan because there was no plan. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to be that way.

This is not about ME, but to establish the credibility to say what I’m going to say, I need to tell you that my college education cost my family ZERO. I bought my first car for college senior year so I could student teach….and paid for it with excess scholarship monies.

That was NOT an accident.

My high school career followed a systematic strategy for which I can thank my band director and clarinet teacher. Much of what worked for me in a previous century worked for our two sons a decade ago. Here’s a rounded numbers snapshot of our college expense experience:

How we did it chart

So, with two out-of-state universities; one private, one public — we paid $32,000 for what should have cost $200,000. Over eight years that was $4,000 per year — $2,000 per semester. Those are community college prices, but these were not community colleges.

How We Did It! 2013

Before I continue, I do have some disclaimers…

I am not a certified guidance counselor, not a college admissions specialist and not a financial guru – but I can speak with authority about “How We Did It – What Worked For Us”. And so that it doesn’t sound like it is all about us, I will also share examples of some HN band grads and show you “How They Did It – What Worked For Them“.

How did I NOT pay the other $168,000? I will tell you. I cannot promise you a free ride — but what if I tell you something that can save you $5,000? Or even $500? Considering the cost of the evening (FREE), what do you have to lose — compared to what you might gain? Hope to see you. Questions?

A Collegiate Conversation

“How We Did It — What Worked For Us”
“How They Did It – What Worked For Them”

Monday, November 25th
Huntington North High School Band Room
450 MacGahan St.
Huntington, IN 46750
(Enter Door 34, Room 224)


Download the flier: “Collegiate Conversation flyer 2013” or see more HERE.

There has been interest expressed in my putting this presentation into an eBook for publication/distribution. If you have interest in that, email John@VirtualMusicOffice.com.

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