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Investing in Your Future: The Return on College
Short of buying a house, where to attend college is the most expensive decision most students will make in their lifetime. With ballooning costs and the question of how much of student loan debt is reasonable, applicants and their families are increasingly focussed on return on investment.
This interactive Q&A will:
- Explain the nuances of ROI as well as its limitations
- Explore key findings of the Georgetown CEW report which ranked 4,500 colleges and universities by ROI
- Discuss how the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard can help families make fiscally responsible decisions
Big Picture Overview: Dos and Don'ts as You Chart Your Path to College
Experts: Heather Ayres, independent counselor; Rebecca Barr, Education First; Annabel Hughes, Boston Univ. student; Candice Mackey, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies; Sabrina Manville, Edmit; Rehan Yadav, Rutgers Univ. student
Juniors, this is your journey. Chart your path and gain an edge by learning the most important parts of the admissions process and separating fact from fiction.
How Much Do Brand Name Schools Matter?
Experts: Mark Kantrowitz, Cerebly, Inc; Robert Kelchen, formerly of Seton Hall University.
Some fields place an emphasis on prestigious schools - others do not. The same goes for graduate school applicants. Learn more about how you should evaluate this expensive decision with a focus on where you want to go after graduation.
CGN Live: College — Straight Talk with Admission Leaders
Featured Experts: Kortni Campbell, Vice Chancellor for Admission & Financial Aid, University of North Carolina - Asheville; Jonathan Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions, New York University
- How to manage the range of emotions with Early Decision results
- How to deal with well-meaning relatives asking sometimes awkward questions
- How the family of an 11th grader can work together to start their search
Wherever you are in the college process, the holidays are a busy and often emotional time. Whatever your situation, CGN has admission leaders ready to answer your questions live. Join us for an open-format Q&A, where the focus will be on you and your questions, on any aspect of the post-secondary journey.
CGN Live: Career — Make the Summer Work for You
- Robyn Lady - CEO, Standout College Apps; Member, NACAC; former Director of Student Services, Chantilly High School
- Luis Portillo - Regional Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Mid-Atlantic, University of Rochester
**Host:** Michael Horn, Author, _Choosing College; _Co-Host, _Future U Podcast_
What will you do this summer? Our experts weigh in on how to design a summer that includes skill-building and work experience but leaves time for fun and relaxation. In this episode you will learn:
- This summer’s jobs forecast for teens
- How to identify and apply for jobs (paid and volunteer) in your community
- The best online opportunities in career exploration and virtual internships
For a freshman, college may seem a long way away, but the time to start thinking about it is much sooner. For instance, did you know you can start getting college scholarship money as early as ninth grade? You’ll also learn about how to start saving and how to talk to your parents about college costs. From CGN content partner OnTrack.
Seniors: You Have Big Decisions to Make!