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On this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton speaks with her guests about the New York state free tuition Excelsior Scholarship Program, the pros and cons of homeschooling, and how to finish your senior year strong.

New York State Free Tuition

In our first segment, Stacey MacPhetres joins Beth to update listeners on New York’s Excelsior Scholarship. This is an income-based tuition scholarship program available to New York residents for New York public colleges and universities. This scholarship is entering its second year and Stacey talks about the impact of this scholarship program on both public and private colleges in New York. Spoiler: it appears to be a win/win for students. As the nation’s first free tuition program for four-year colleges, this program could have far-reaching implications across the country. Even if you are not a New York resident, this segment worth listening to!


Do you homeschool your child or are you considering this path? Are you wondering how admissions officers will view your child’s education? Kara Courtois, former Barnard admissions officer and teacher, talks about what homeschooling looks like at the high school level, as well as the pros and cons of choosing to homeschool. Kara shares her experience reading home school applications at Barnard and provides advice for how best to navigate the college application process for students with a nontraditional education.

Avoiding the Senior Slide

Attention all seniors: have you succumbed to the senior slide? Lauren Randle brings her experience as an admissions officer and high school counselor to discuss what happens when senior grades slide or students want to reduce their course load. The college you deposited at will receive a final transcript from your high school. Are you concerned how your college may view your dip in grades? Lauren offers great advice and next steps for those students who may have let that slide go a bit too far.

On next week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, we will cover the transition to college for both admissions and financial aid and talk about the topic of distinguishing excellence in applying to the most selective schools.


Written by Lauren DiProspero
Lauren DiProspero is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as an admissions officer at Stanford Medicine and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren DiProspero.