All posts by College Dream Builder

“It comes down to preparation. When working with a student and their family we take a wholistic approach to planning for college. Not only does the student work one-on-one with their College Dream Builder Consultant to find the perfect college match, we also work with parents to maximize their student’s financial aid award” – Terry Rummelt Jr.

The Financial Aid Timeline

If you are tackling the college financial aid process for the first time (or even second or third), and just don’t know where to begin, look no further!

The Benefits of Honors College

Most students are aware of the benefit of honors classes in high school, but did you know that many colleges offer honors programs too? Honors programs at universities are offered to high-achieving, motivated students and provide a variety of benefits.  Honors programs at universities provide a more rigorous course load, allowing students to challenge themselves ...

The Danger of Committing Too Early

As difficult as it may be, wait to choose a college until you have all of the facts.

Deciding Between Great Options

You’re almost there! You studied hard, took the tests, did the research, wrote the essays, and submitted the apps. And now you have a handful of acceptances to really great schools to show for it – well done!! But how do you choose between them?  It’s no surprise that choosing which college to enroll in ...

Financial Aid Award Analysis: Tips & Tricks

We create an “Award Analysis” spreadsheet for each of our first-time students once they start receiving financial aid award packages. I am sharing some of our best tips and tricks here so you can accomplish just that.

The Steps to Your Perfect College List

Don’t rule a school out simply because you haven’t heard of it or thought of it as a possibility before. The best college for you might be a hidden gem that you’ll discover along the way, but this can only happen if you’re open to the process!

Conditional Admission – It’s Not a No!

College decisions used to be simple – you’re in or you’re not. Decision made. However, we’ve left the world of clear-cut answers. In addition to being waitlisted, another admissions decision that’s becoming increasingly common is conditional admission. It may be referred to as provisional admission, conditional acceptance, deferred admission, or a handful of other names. ...

The Benefit of Admitted Students Events

College acceptances are piling high for our students as we near the end of January! We love hearing the exciting news and sharing the joy and relief students have as all of their hard work pays off! The only potential downside to all those acceptances is making a decision between so many great options.  Thankfully, ...

When Will I Receive My Financial Aid Award?

In January and February, most families have wrapped up the financial aid process and are eagerly awaiting their financial aid award letter.

Picking The Right Classes

The new year often means looking ahead at the months to come. For many high school students, this involves planning for the upcoming school year and selecting which classes they’ll be taking.