When You Should Be Doing Everything College

When should I be… ….applying to college? ….visiting campuses? ….asking for recommendations?…

When should I be…

….applying to college?

….visiting campuses?

….asking for recommendations?

….applying for funding/aid?

These are probably my most-asked questions – particularly by high school students and their parents. There is no “right” answer, but hopefully this post will give you some insight in to how you should begin your college planning. Remember to this is just a guide – tailor this schedule to your needs and deadlines.

How I graduated early from college and saved two years and over $30,000!

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree…

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree in two years. While I always thought of it as an accomplishment, its real significance was lost on me – until I started talking about it. Not everyone can get a big scholarship, but everyone can do what I did and save a lot of time and money. Parents of students are usually more than a little surprised, and often confused. And then it dawns on them: you mean you paid half the amount of tuition of a normal student, without including scholarships or aid? Yes. For me, at an in-state public university (usually considered a bargain) that’s over $20,000 in tuition fees and books – and much more than $30,000 if you are including room and board, or $70,000 at a private university. So, how did I do it?