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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Elizabeth Heaton discusses successfully transitioning from high school to a university campus and what it means to get a refund from a college. She also announces to listeners an exciting new partnership for College Coach.

Transitioning to College

Beth is joined by Mark Altman, founder of MindsetGo, which seeks to develop people of all ages into confident, skilled communicators. Mark shares advice with parents on how to best help their new college students connect with others, choose activities wisely, and resolve interpersonal issues. Parents seeking to find a balance—how to support their child and keep an open channel of communication while also fostering independence—will want to listen.

College Coach’s New Partnership for Families

Next up, Beth welcomes Nick Ducoff, co-founder of Edmit, College Coach’s newest partner. Edmit uses data and a proprietary algorithm to help families figure out the value proposition of colleges. They identify estimated net costs, salary outcomes, and return on investment—using hard facts to guide families through what can often be an emotionally fraught process. Edmit is free to start, with access to data on 2,000 colleges, while paying customers receive highly personalize reports and college recommendations based on the student’s profile and intended major. Most importantly, Beth and Nick announce that College Coach and Edmit are joining forces to present Edmit Premium. The new service pairs the admission expertise and counseling of College Coach with the impressive data analysis of Edmit. To learn more, visit

Refunds from Colleges

Finally, Beth is joined by College Coach finance consultant Stacey MacPhetres to discuss the surprising, but very real, occurrence of receiving a refund from a college. This typically occurs when a family has overpaid funds or over-borrowed loans, and the refunded money goes directly to the student, not the parents. That’s an important detail to remember, and Stacey encourages clear communication between parents and students about how any refunded money should be used (i.e. to pay for textbooks and groceries, rather than a spring break trip or shopping spree).

Tune into our next episode when guest host Ian Fisher will discuss what you can do with a humanities degree, how to fill out the FAFSA, and understanding just what the heck demonstrated interest means.


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. 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.