When designing a college plan, families are faced with unique challenges that compromise the stability of their child’s financial, career, and academic opportunities. These challenges are known as college planning stress points, and if unresolved, they can lead to the collapse of an otherwise well-devised college plan.
Below are common college planning stress points:
- Funding your child’s college education
- Discovering the right career for your child
- Finding the college best-suited for your child
To overcome these stress points, Online College Planning offers resources and college blueprints for your family and student success.
WHAT IS A COLLEGE PLANNING BLUEPRINT?
A college blueprint is a comprehensive plan outlining the architecture of your child’s college experience and future success. More involved than traditional planning resources, college blueprints consist of actionable guidance that specifically targets and mitigates college planning stress points. By focusing on financial stability, career readiness, and academic achievement, college blueprints map out much more than 4 years of college, providing a floorplan for life after university. These blueprints are what we help parents to develop.
THREE PILLARS OF COLLEGE PLANNING
For those new to college planning, or even moderately prepared families, designing your child’s college plan can be an overwhelming experience. To simplify the process, we’ve developed college blueprints based on the Three Pillars of College Planning: Finance, Career Readiness, and Academic — each of which offers support and stability for your child’s future success.
THE COLLEGE PLANNING STARTER COURSE
Before creating your child’s college blueprint, it’s crucial to first understand the fundamental building blocks of college planning. That’s why, we offer a 3-day starter course, providing you with the insight necessary to begin mapping out your child’s financial, academic, and professional goals.
With this 15-module, 5 minutes each, quick-start program you will be able to learn the basic tenets of college planning and determine the best way to start laying out the beginnings of the career you want for your child.
Each lesson covers important topics, some of which you may have heard of, and many you probably never have. The importance of this resource is why we offer it, absolutely free.
THE 3 PILLARS OF COLLEGE PLANNING
THE FINANCIAL PILLAR
While planning for college, comprehensive financial strategies offer families much-needed flexibility and security. The Financial Pillar of college planning provides solutions and resources designed to lessen out-of-pocket costs while identifying and isolating the hidden prices associated with attending college.
By incorporating scholarships and FASFA guidance into your college plan, this pillar presents your family intelligent solutions designed to mark down the price tag of a degree, allowing your student to look forward to graduation instead of dreading loan repayments.
For more information regarding The Financial Pillar, click here.
THE ACADEMIC PILLAR
To increase the chances of acceptance into first-choice colleges, preparing ahead of admission essays is key. The Academic Pillar of college planning presents resources that prepare your child to meet academic benchmarks during high school which influence college selection as well as placement.
Through standardized test prep, college matchmaking, and admission essay guides, this pillar equips your student with the tools necessary to find and get accepted into a college that best fits academic backgrounds and professional goals.
For more information regarding The Academic Pillar, click here.
THE CAREER READINESS PILLAR
At the heart of every college plan is career preparedness. With this in mind, The Career Readiness Pillar offers tools to discover career opportunities and requirements, including resources that help you discover what career paths are best-suited for your child.
Focusing on career path exploration, selection, and preparedness, this pillar serves both students who are just starting to investigate their options or those seeking to pinpoint the specifics of their chosen career.
For more information regarding The Career Readiness Pillar, click here.
COLLEGE, CAREER, & YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE
By carefully laying out the foundation of your plan and supporting it with the Three Pillars of College Planning, your child can be one step closer to realizing and achieving their academic and professional goals. A well-designed college blueprint offers the stability and flexibility to adapt to unexpected changes — while their career success acts as a roof, sheltering them from uncertainties presented after college.
Although it’s difficult to foresee every obstacle to overcome during your child’s highs school and college career — with Online College Planning — you can plan to be prepared.