100th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Average Student’s Chances at a Top-Tier College, What to Do if You Can’t Pay the Bill, and Office Hours: Avoiding the Rumor Mill

On our latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Beth Heaton rang in the New Year with our 100th episode. This week, she tackled the following topics:

Can an Average Student Get Into a Top-Tier School?

Beth was joined by our regular guest host Ian Fisher to unpack this question. They discussed the variables, including everything from defining what is “average” and what is “top-tier” to how to shift the conversation to a more meaningful place. Listen in to understand why this is probably the wrong question to be asking.

What to do if you can’t pay your bill?

After the break, Tara Piantanida-Kelly joined Beth to talk about what options you have if you find you can’t pay the bill for your child’s spring semester. What additional loan options have you perhaps not considered, what payment plans might exist and where to look for them, and what is the one thing to make sure you absolutely do not do? Tara also shared some tips on finding some creative cost savings to lower the bill. They ended the segment by naming the very first thing your student should do if they lose financial aid eligibility due to unsatisfactory academic progress.

Office Hours: Avoiding the Rumor Mill

Kara Courtois joined Beth to talk about the latest hot rumors running around in the world of college admissions, and how to separate fact from fiction. They speculated on Tulane’s whoops, and provided a great deal of insight behind beliefs about relationships between certain high schools and colleges.

In honor of our 100th episode, Beth announced a new contest! Listen to the episode and enter to win a free 10 hour counseling package with a member of our team. A value worth over $3,000!


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.