Common App changes

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Elizabeth Heaton discusses this year’s changes to the Common Application, institutional variance in financial aid awards, and accelerated degree programs.

Accelerated Degree Programs

Megan Courtois joins Beth to talk about the accelerated Physical Therapy degree she is pursuing through Muhlenberg College and Thomas Jefferson University. She talks about why she chose this path and what she has learned along the way. Many of our families are interested in these types of programs, so this is a must listen segment!

Why Financial Aid Offers Differ

Shannon Vasconcelos, former financial aid officer at Tufts University and Boston University, then starts off a two part discussion about why colleges offer different financial aid award packages. She speaks with Beth about the five major reasons a need-based financial aid package may vary from college to college. Shannon shares tips on how to approach your college list, and gives a heads up about the tool that can help you have a good estimate of your financial aid package before you even apply.

Common Application Changes

The Common Application just opened! Elyse Krantz, our resident expert on the Common App, joins Beth to discuss some of the changes for this year’s application cycle. The good news? There aren’t major changes as there have been in recent years. The application does have some improvements that you should be aware of and Elyse shares her tips for seniors who are getting their applications underway.

Tune into our next show when guest host Sally Ganga continues the discussion on institutional variance in financial aid awards, this time looking at merit scholarships.  We’ll also dive into questions about supplemental essay questions and tackle when to take the SAT/ACT.


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.