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College Admissions: A Student’s Perspective; Early Decision Facts; Paying Tuition Bills

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Tova Tolman

Written by Tova Tolmanon August 23rd, 2018

I began my career as both a tour guide and senior interviewer at my alma mater, Barnard, where I later joined the admissions team and read and reviewed applications from students applying from the northeastern, midwestern, and western regions of the United States, as well as Canada. A few years later, while pursuing my master’s degree, I briefly left admissions to be the director of student life at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Realizing I missed working closely with students on the high school side of college counseling, I joined the admissions team at Fordham University where I recruited and reviewed applicants applying to Fordham’s liberal arts and business colleges. My most recent experience at Montclair State helped me understand what the application process looks like outside of highly selective colleges and how to help students who may not be fully prepared for college-level work. One of my favorite past experiences was managing the athletic recruitment process at Fordham as well as a number of sports at Barnard. Understanding the inner workings of both the Ivy and Patriot athletic leagues meant I was able to guide students to find the best athletic matches as part of their college search.
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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher welcomes a student guest to talk about her college search, and is later joined by members of the College Coach team to talk Early Decision and paying the tuition bill. In the middle of all of that, Ian squeezes in a spotlight on Colorado College. The College Admissions Process: A Student’s Perspective In the first segment, Ian is joined by a special guest: College Coach alumna and current rising junior at Lehigh University, Joy Zhong. Joy worked with Christine Kenyon to navigate her search and application process. Joy did not sign on with College Coach until September of her senior year, and she and Ian discuss whether or not she felt like she was starting late. They also review the number of schools Joy applied to, where Lehigh was on that list, how she got involved in her campus community, and what advice she wants every parent of a college applicant to hear. What is Early Decision? Policies, Practices, and Strategies Ian begins this segment by putting Emily Toffelmire in the hot seat with a pop quiz. Emily (successfully!) reviews the difference between Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED), explains the seriousness of an ED contract, and shares some questions to ask yourself when choosing where to apply ED. Emily also runs through some of the statistics on ED admit rates and offers some commentary on what might be impacting those numbers. Finance Corner: Paying Your Tuition Bills Last but never least, Alex Bickford joins Ian to talk about the inevitable reality of paying your college bill. Alex explains what you need to do and who to contact if your bill includes the statement “anticipated aid.” They also cover how work-study money comes into play, health insurance fees, and, most critically, what to do if you don’t have the money to cover the cost of the bill. Tune in to our next episode when Elizabeth Heaton is back in the host seat to discuss more of your listener questions. If you have a question you’d like answered on-air, feel free to submit it on our website. Getting-In-CTA

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