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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Elizabeth Heaton is in the host seat and here to talk about early action, supplemental essays for Georgia Tech and Emory, financial aid at Northeastern University.

To Early Action or Not to Early Action

In the first segment, I join Beth to explain what Early Action is all about. In addition to defining what it is and differentiating it from Early Decision, we discuss the pros and cons, review any admission advantages associated with it, and aim to help you figure out if it’s your right choice, given your personal situation.

Behind the Scenes of the Financial Aid Process at Northeastern

Next up, Beth Feinberg Keenan, former financial aid officer at Northeastern University, joins the show to share her insights into what goes on behind the scenes in the NU FAO. Beth spent ten years working in NU’s Financial Aid Office. While there, she oversaw the entire loan department (whoa!), and gained some insight on both the growth they’ve made in meeting financial need, as well as what percentage of students get merit-based aid. The Beths review the process to apply for aid, clarify if that process changes for merit aid, answer what forms are required, and explain what the appeal process is like if you have had a change in financial circumstances.

Emory and Georgia Tech Supplemental Essay Questions

In Office Hours, Mary Sue Youn joins Beth to take you through the supplemental essay questions for Emory and Georgia Tech. They review the required “Why Georgia Tech” 250 word response and reveal the one thing not to say. Then they break down the additional three prompts from which you can choose for your second response, and offer some insight on which might be right for you. Shifting gears, but remaining in Atlanta, they discuss the four prompts (of which you’ll need to choose two) Emory offers on their application. Mary Sue shares some great tips on how to pick and what Emory is looking for in your response. For details from Emory, check out their own blog post on the subject.

On our next episode, Sally Ganga will be back in the host chair to talk about the Coalition Application, studying abroad, and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka the FAFSA).


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. To learn more about Tova, be sure to read her bio on