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The latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation was jam-packed full of helpful information! Host Sally Ganga welcomed three guests to discuss three different and equally important topics: the kinds of services colleges offer to support students with learning disabilities, what questions to not ask an admission officer, and how much a family needs to save in order to pay for college.

What Services do Colleges Offer Students with Learning Disabilities?

Sally first welcomed College Coach educator Julia Jones to discuss the importance of incorporating learning disability support services in the college search. The kinds of support offered and the processes for requesting support on college campuses is not standardized and varies widely campus to campus. Sally and Julia provided tips on how to get the information you need to assess if a college provides what your student needs for college success. They highlighted the importance of students being strong self-advocates and gave examples of how a few different schools approach supporting their students.

What Questions to Not Ask an Admission Officer

Next, Sally welcomed College Coach educator, Karen Spencer. A fast-paced and riveting conversation ensued about the questions prospective students and their parents ask that drive admission officers crazy. Karen polled the College Coach team to assess what irked them the most when they were officers and shared the results with listeners. Listen in for the complete list! Sally and Karen included tips on how to ask the kinds of thoughtful questions admission officers appreciate most.

The Right Amount to Save for College

For the final segment, Sally welcomed College Coach finance expert, Shannon Vasconcelos. The accessible and information-rich conversation began with a discussion on how much families can expect college to cost and explored multiple strategies for saving and paying for the college education. Shannon recommended a tool to calculate how much families need to save monthly now to be able to pay for college out of pocket later and suggested strategies to increase their savings.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher hosts a show to explore the inside of the admission office at Reed College and to welcome a College Coach finance expert to answer our listener’s college finance questions.


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.