If your Junior has missed the PSAT, don't sweat it too much. The PSAT/NMSQT usually doesn't result in much scholarship money for most families. The National Merit scholarship is SO competitive, it is very difficult to do well enough to win. The best scholarship money will come from the college where you will apply.
I encourage you to consider getting my videos called "Finding a College
" and "Getting the BIG Scholarships
" because they will help to explain the concepts I talk about when I meet with people.
If you need some extra help, I charge $50 per hour for consultations in person or on the phone. A transcript is $150 for the first year, and $100 for each additional year. Here is a link with the explanation
Applications can be a long process that can be very intimidating. I regularly consult over the phone with parents as they work through applications. If it doesn't take a full hour, then I pro-rate it by 10 minute intervals. It can help with a lot of those difficult questions.
If you work conscientiously this year on the things in my junior year article
, you'll be in good shape for applying to college next year.
But the truth is that colleges are HOPING that parents don't work hard during senior year. They would much rather have desperate parents willing to pay full price for their college! If you want my help with some specific steps, let me know or check out the videos. I really think it will help.
A good first step is going to a college fair. I'll be speaking at the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair
on October 25th.
I'll be speaking twice. In the first speech, I'm talking about general college preparation. The second speech will focus on obtaining private scholarships for college, which could answer additional scholarship questions!
Coming in our November Newsletter! New audio course from The HomeScholar: Gifted Education at Home!