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So last Sunday we had invigorating workshops for the financial paperwork. Parents were attentive, asked great questions and I believe learnt a lot. We set the foundation for filling out the forms. Parents are to fine-tune what they did and see us if they need final revision.

Most important detail- have everything finished by October 31. The US citizens learnt how to tackle the FAFSA forms, but of course, they are not to enter data for that form until December 1 when the FAFSA forms go online.

However, the CSS Profile, the International Student Financial Aid form, the Certificate of Finances and for my SSAT group, their. Financial Aid documents. Get to it, Versaners.

This week I'm going to teach some terms that will be common words bandied about from the Financial Aid offices.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC): represents the minimum amount families are expected to contribute toward college expenses.

Demonstrated Financial Need: This is the difference between cost of attendance and expected family contribution.

Verification: For FAFSA forms, if asterisked, some colleges verify all submitted forms. But if called for verification, follow instructions for compliance. It is just a process.

Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans: Subsidized loans are made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Unsubsidized loans are made to eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students, without having to demonstrate need.

Net price calculator: Online tool that allows current and prospective students and their families to estimate the net actual price of a specific college or university.

CSS Profile: Form found on CollegeBoard, used by more than 300 private colleges and universities to determine eligibility for need- based aid. Should be filed in October.

Base Year: The tax year from which data is used to determine eligibility for need based financial aid via CSS Profile, FAFSA.

Hope these terms were helpful. See you next week.


Georgetown University in Qatar: Where Faculty Inspire, Staff Empower, and Students ThriveUnleashing Potential at a World-Class UniversityGeorgetown University in Qatar's (GU-Q) unique learning environment capitalizes on expert faculty, world-class facilities, and a history of service, while following the same program and curriculum as Georgetown’s campus in Washington, DC.

Located in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, GU-Q offers an internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in a unique learning environment at the crossroads of East and West. The degree offers students a choice of majoring in International Economics, International Politics, Culture & Politics, and International History. Students may also complement their major field of study by pursuing specialized coursework that deepens their understanding of a field of study or particular region through minors and certificate programs.

The diverse and dynamic campus community fosters personal growth, allowing faculty, staff, and students to forge meaningful connections. Through a rich array of cultural events, research conferences, community dialogues, and networking opportunities, individuals are empowered to further their careers and contribute to a brighter future.

Internationally renowned scholars and teaching faculty, with the support of our dedicated staff, provide a holistic educational experience for students. This includes internships, international on-site learning experiences, and opportunities to engage in service – all complimented by state-of-the-art facilities, such as immersive classrooms, language and innovation labs, and the region’s leading library for international affairs. By graduation, GU-Q students master fluency of foreign languages, and have a sophisticated grasp of diplomacy, analysis , and cross-cultural communication. Their sharpened critical thinking skills have paved the way for success in top-tier graduate schools and impactful careers across diverse sectors.


Each student is unique: help them find their individual pathway.

Specialty virtual fairs offer a convenient way to explore post-secondary options. Encourage your students to join recruiters at one or all of these upcoming events:

Live fair hours are 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm (ET) each date for the following fairs:

  • Professional Certificates Virtual College Fair - Thursday, September 21, 2023

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • Learning Differences Virtual College Fair - Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • First-Generation Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Students and Families:

  • Use this platform to explore options and services that are available to you at the participating institutions.

  • Expert-led educational sessions will guide you on maximizing the benefits of higher education.

  • Visit institution booths and chat live with admissions representatives

  • Participating students have a chance to win a $50 Starbucks gift card through a TikTok contest. Details will be emailed to registered students.

  • This experience will be ADA and WCAG-compliant.

Counselors: Print and distribute this QR Code flyer for students to register on the spot!

GoToCollegeFairs is invested in equity and opportunity for all students.

The GoToCollegeFairs Virtual Fairs Fall 2023 are free to attendees.


Dear Sandra, Happy fall! It's almost time for our UMass Amherst Virtual Counselor Update on Wednesday, October 11, and we hope we'll see you there. Join our admissions leadership team for a discussion about what’s new at UMass Amherst, a profile of our admitted students, and updates related to our admissions process for Fall 2024.

UMass Amherst Virtual Counselor Update Wednesday, October 11 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today. Thank you for your continued support and partnership with UMass Amherst. We're looking forward to connecting with you next week. Undergraduate Admissions University of Massachusetts Amherst


Hello Sandra,

We are thrilled to invite you to The College of New Jersey’s Virtual School Counselor Reception on Tuesday, October 31st, at 11:00 AM.

At our reception, you will learn more about what TCNJ offers (including new exciting updates), the different opportunities available to our students, the application process, and much more! There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end, so please remember to come prepared so we can best support you and your students. Please register for our Virtual School Counselor Reception by Wednesday, October 25th, by clicking the link below:

Stay safe and stay connected,

The College of New Jersey Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Dear Sandra,

UChicago is proud to collaborate with Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, and the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent. Each year, Rise selects up to 100 Global Winners who receive benefits to help them scale their impact. These benefits may include need-based scholarships, a fully-funded Residential Summit, funding on a competitive basis, and a global network.

Over the past four years, UChicago has provided Rise applicants with workshops, scholarships, and other programming. Rise applicants are also invited to apply to the University of Chicago–many have found a college home here already!

Shubhaankar Gupta, A Global Winner and member of UChicago’s Class of 2027, shares: “My journey with the Rise Scholarship, both as an applicant and a Global Winner, has been one fueled by self-discovery and growth. Rise has given me a community of ambitious changemakers who are there for each other and inspire one another. Some, I am sure, are going to disrupt industries, design policy, and shape the global conversation. All my interactions with the global community later culminated into the Rise Residential Summit, where I got the opportunity to finally meet cohort members in-person and connect with inspiring mentors. I am truly grateful to have this exceptionally supportive environment backing me as I navigate the opportunities that come my way.”

If you want to learn more about Rise and how it can support students, please visit their website. For questions about admissions at UChicago, please feel free to reach out to your regional admissions counselor at any time.


Peter Wilson, AB’10, MBA’17 Dean of College Admissions


Hi Sandra, We’re back! It’s time to talk about choosing the right program for you and the next steps for submitting your university application. Ready to begin your journey? Whether you have a program in mind or are still looking for one that checks all your boxes, here are some helpful guides to get you started on the right path! See you next time, University of Waterloo

Here’s what you need to know…

There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to picking a program. Here’s what to keep in mind as you explore the possibilities!

Done all your research and ready to apply to your dream school? Let’s go over the six steps of applying for admission to an Ontario university.

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