It seems like just yesterday my twin daughters were placed in my arms (8 weeks early, I might add). But as they are now in their sophomore year of home educating, I so often think to myself…WHERE did the time go? Personally, I have absolutely loved every stage of their (and my 2 sons lives) from infancy, toddlers, preteens and yes, even the teenage years have been spectacular (wanna know a secret? I think homeschooling is the key to loving even the teenage years, but don’t tell everyone I said that!) I have loved these stages so very much and cannot believe we have entered the “researching college” stage.
Yes, the planning stages of college have begun. (Am I REALLY old enough to be the mom of a college student? YIKES!) Fortunately, we recently received a product for review from the Schoolhouse Review Crew called “Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook” by Denise Ames of College Common Sense.
Denise Ames has over 10 years experience with working in the Financial Aid office at a university in Texas and is willing to share her knowledge: “Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook” as either an online subscription or in DVD format. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew we received the online version, but if you prefer to have this in DVD format, the price is $50.00 + $5.00 shipping and handling. The online version is $25.00 for a 12 month log-in access.
College Common Sense has 6 videos to watch, each one being about 20 minutes. Then each video has corresponding workbook pages for you to print out in pdf format.
Video 1~The Big Picture
Video 2~ How Financial Aid Works
Video 3~ All About the Free Money
Video 4~ The System That Works
Video 5~ You in the Process
Video 6~ Pull It All Together
Denise also sends out lesson plans at the beginning of each week for free. Just sign up at www.collegecommonsense.com and away you go. She is very passionate about helping students get all the money possible to help them go to college. She shares how kids as young as “6” can start earning money via scholarships, for college. So you see, this program from College Common Sense can be used with your younger kids, 6 to 13, by watching it with them and discussing the videos using appropriate questions from the lessons. With your older students, they will also watch the videos (we did this together so we could discuss it, as well), complete the lesson and then begin compiling a Scholarship Notebook with all the information that Denise shares on how to get all the “free” money out there without “leaving anything on the table” via scholarships, federal grants and financial aid in order to help reduce your out of pocket expenses. There is a 3 minute YouTube video you can watch for more information on her website.
Coincidentally, my daughter and I spoke with an admissions officer to a college program she is considering after watching 3 of the 6 videos and I felt so much more informed and was able to ask questions I wouldn’t have thought of to ask before watching the videos. I definitely received more information because of the questions I had learned to ask from Denise’s coaching. It was fun to put her coaching right into action. $25 for 12 months access to the online videos and worksheets is a small price to pay for the chance to earn quite a bit more money for college! If you want to purchase them in DVD format, $50 will allow you to watch the videos over and over if you have younger children.
And Away We Go…Hunting for That “Free” Money