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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Beth Heaton discusses the increasingly popular dual enrollment option offered by many community colleges and takes on an array of listener questions.

Dual Enrollment

Beth first welcomes admissions educator Zaragoza Guerra, formerly of MIT, Caltech, and the Boston Conservatory, to help listeners better understand just what dual enrollment is and how taking community college courses during high school can later impact a student’s university admission and enrollment process. Though dual enrollment has become more common and presents a big bargain to many families, it may not be the best pathway for every student. Beth and Zaragoza debate the pros and cons of dual enrollment, plus how community college courses stack up against Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

Listener Questions

Next up, Beth tackles listener questions with Shannon Vasconcelos, former financial aid officer at Boston University and Tufts University. The topics for this episode include:

  • The CSS Profile
  • The effects drawing Social Security and retirement funds may have on financial aid
  • How to disclose small business assets on the FAFSA and Profile
  • The role of financial need in admission decisions
  • How students can explain low grades in college applications
  • The potential benefits of a gap year in the admission process

Tune in to our next episode when guest host Sally Ganga talks high school course selection, spring break campus visits, and important financial aid questions seniors should be asking during their prospective colleges’ admitted student events.


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.