College Guidance Services
The college search, application and admissions process can be overwhelming, challenging and confusing for both students and their parents. Everyone’s situation is different. I get to know each of my students: their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, temperament and interests, so as to help each one find colleges that are a good match.
Personal and expert college admissions guidance for high school students
College Admissions Process Support
For those applying for financial aid, I can offer guidance regarding the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
I advise on how to proceed with college acceptances, deferrals, waitlists and financial aid packages.
Finally, my support can include basic advice regarding a gap year along with college course selection and advisory check-in during the first semester of college.
College Admissions Counseling
College Essay Support
Essay support begins with matching the student with the right essay coach.
I work with several highly skilled essay coaches who guide my students through the entire writing process. The Essay Coach helps the student find an essay topic that is highly personal and engaging, and then offers feedback and editing suggestions with each draft until the essay is deemed finished. It is crucial that the essay is not only the student’s own work but the student’s best work.
The same process is followed with any additional writing supplements, scholarship and/or merit award essays.
Identify Colleges that are a 'Good Fit'
I guide students towards finding their “right fit” colleges, where they would thrive for their entire undergraduate experience.
Financial Aid Advice
In regards to requests for additional financial aid, I offer guidance in how to deal with a college’s financial aid department.
For students interested in merit aid awards, I structure my list of ‘Good Fit’ colleges to include schools where the student would qualify for merit aid awards, which typically range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. Some colleges also offer a limited number of half and full-tuition merit awards.
Building College Admissions Appeal
Alice's knowledge of college admissions is unmatched. Her thoughts helped guide me through the process and I am happy where I ended up!"
Alice literally saved my tail throughout this tough and long process. I could not have done it without her insightful suggestions for schools, impeccable essay feedback, and pithy email communication. Thank you Alice!
Alice was an amazing support for my son. She helped him stay organized and on track every step of the way during his college search. Alice knew a lot about all the colleges he was interested in, and had wonderful ideas on how he could present himself in his most authentic way. We were so thankful to have her guidance and advice.
Lissarrague College Guidance