At Collegiate Crossings, we run by the motto
Fit + Finances = Finish.
You are unique and your post secondary education selection should be too. We spend ample time talking through who you are, what makes you tick, and what you are hoping to achieve through further education and training.
Our purpose at Collegiate Crossings is to ensure all students–regardless of socioeconomic background–have access to the education they desire to pursue. So do not stop reading if you think you cannot afford it. Leave that part to us. We are ready with tools and resources that will ensure you and your family can have a feasible financial plan in place. Keep in mind that the average Collegiate Crossings’ student is awarded about $35,000 in scholarships.
In June 2018, The Washington Post reported that “Children from families earning more than $90,000 have a 1-in-2 chance of getting a bachelor’s degree by 24. That falls to a 1 in 17 chance for families earning under $35,000.”
We do not want any of our students to be forced to give up on their dreams of higher education because of finances. Similarly, we do not want to force you into a program or school that is not going to allow you to thrive.
We want to see you finish and then change your world.
Part One – The Hard Part
Step 1: Introduction
We want to get to know you! We offer your first hour consultation totally free of charge, just because we want to hear your story, your dreams, and how we might be able to help get you there.
Step 2: Education Planning Overview
Let’s talk timeline. We will walk you through creating a customized planning checklist and discuss other recommendations in regards to coursework, extracurricular activities, community service projects, and so on.
Optional: ACT/SAT Preparation
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Step 3: Best Fit Planning
We partner with Indigo Project, the premier assessment for students!
It’s time to start dreaming big. What do you want to do? Where do you want to be? What kinds of things are important to you? What are you best at? Discovering your strengths and weaknesses are key to finding a good fit in a program.
Step 4: Financial Planning
We are here to make what is often considered the most intimidating part of the education planning process, the most accessible. Our planners can provide resources to help you build a comprehensive and manageable financial plan to see you through your entire postsecondary education.
Step 5: Program Selection and Application
It’s go time! Our planners will coach you through the admissions process, including writing essays, completing interviews, and eventually accepting an offer of admission to the program of your choice. We may even encourage you to consider options you would not otherwise consider.
Part Two – The Fun Part
Turns out there can be key differences between secondary and postsecondary expectations. We want to see you thrive academically, develop mature relationships, and be comfortable taking responsibility for your actions/inactions in and outside of the classroom.
For parents: we hope you come to understand how to best support your children as they become young adults.
Again, we care about the individual from start to finish. We are always here for students and families as they have questions or may need support in the weeks, months, and days to come.
So, when should we start?
In an ideal world, we’d love to meet with every student at some point during their 9th grade year, setting a student up for the following timeline*:
Step 1: 9th grade
Step 2: 10th grade
Steps 3 & 4: 11th grade
Step 5 and beyond: 12th grade
However, if you are reading this and feel like you have missed the boat, relax! You have not. We work with students at various points in their schooling and of various life stages to work these same steps into a doable timeline.
*Note: this is not a perfect timeline. Certain aspects of each step will overlap and the plan will always be customized to an individual student.