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Know Your Options guides its clients in making informed decisions about their educational choices -- we focus on college planning, and graduate and professional school consulting.

Mission: Know Your Options is committed to helping the students and families we work with make informed educational decisions that best fit their individual needs.

" When it comes to deciding where to go [. . .]"the best thing to do is listen to how the colleges are communicating." A...
06/01/2020
Picking A College For The Fall? Here's How To Decide For An Unknown Future

" When it comes to deciding where to go [. . .]"the best thing to do is listen to how the colleges are communicating." Are they open to conversations? Are they being flexible and honest? "The way they are reaching out to you now is really going to be telling how they will treat students when campuses or even their online learning spaces open up."

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/20/859355052/picking-a-college-for-the-fall-heres-how-to-decide-for-an-unknown-future

While it's hard to know what college will look like this fall, college decision day is almost here. So what can students do to make a sound choice during this uncertain time? Education reporter Elissa Nadworny gives an update on what incoming college students need to know about appealing financial a...

If you are going from being a 'newly graduated' high school student to being a first year college student, this workshop...
05/27/2020
Virtual Workshop - Changing Environments: Tips and Tricks for the First Year Experience

If you are going from being a 'newly graduated' high school student to being a first year college student, this workshop, sponsored by the TGR (Tiger Woods) Foundation may help ease your concerns, especially during these very uncertain times.

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the support services and help available to you as you make the transition to this next phase in your educational journey.

Virtual Student Workshop Changing Environments: Tips and Tricks for the First Year Experience With high school nearly out of sight and college around the corner—it can bring a host of emotions. Incoming college freshman are encouraged to attend this webinar to gain a comprehensive understanding of...

In our opinion, it's often a combination of both tangible and intangible factors, along with data specific information, ...
05/27/2020
In Valuing Colleges, Tops in Prestige Doesn’t Always Mean Tops in Starting Salaries

In our opinion, it's often a combination of both tangible and intangible factors, along with data specific information, that leads to higher salaries and career advancement. It's why we believe that finding a 'right fit' postsecondary learning environment - whatever that may look like for each individual student -- is key to their longer term economic and professional success.

New research suggests that choosing the right program can matter more than the reputation of the school.

Recent college graduates looking for a employment  -- our colleagues at Early Stage Career have 4 tips to offer as you '...
05/21/2020
Early Stage Careers’ Job-Search Guidance for the Pandemic – Newsworthy Advice — Early Stage Careers

Recent college graduates looking for a employment -- our colleagues at Early Stage Career have 4 tips to offer as you 'put yourself out there' in these very uncertain times. https://www.earlystagecareers.com/esc-articles/2020/5/20/early-stage-careers-job-search-guidance-for-the-pandemic-newsworthy-advice

For job-searching students and graduates alike, the COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented situation. Businesses continue to grapple with unanticipated logistic and economic challenges, as permanent staff adjust to remote teamwork and the economy slows. This article includes four key recommen

2021 college applicants will have the option of writing about the impact of the pandemic on their lives.  Students respo...
05/13/2020
Common App Adds Question on COVID-19

2021 college applicants will have the option of writing about the impact of the pandemic on their lives. Students responses will be limited to 250 words. High schools will also be given the opportunity to discuss changes not already reflected in their school profiles.

The Common Application has added a question on students' COVID-19 experiences. The question reads, "Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on y...

If you are considering asking the college or university you hope to attend if they can offer any additional financial su...
05/08/2020
How to Appeal College Financial-Aid Decisions

If you are considering asking the college or university you hope to attend if they can offer any additional financial support:

1. Follow the college's process -- you can find the information you need through the financial aid link on their website and by contacting the financial aid office.
2. Make your request as soon as possible.
3. Provide factual reasons for your request along with requested documentation

Most importantly, remember: If a college has accepted you, they want you to join their campus community. They want you to come and share the gifts and strengths you possess with others as they help you learn and grow; they will do what they can to help make that happen. A decision to not provide additional funding may be upsetting and require you to reevaluate where to enroll -- but it is not personal; and it is definitely not a reflection on you.

The coronavirus and economic downturn will make it easier for parents to make a case for more money. But it also means the competition for aid will be greater.

If you are considering taking a gap year, you are not alone!However, before making a final decision, first make sure you...
05/06/2020
Incoming College Students Could Take Gap Year Over Covid-19 Uncertainty

If you are considering taking a gap year, you are not alone!

However, before making a final decision, first make sure you know and understand the policy and requirements at the college you plan on attending.

Each college and university sets its own parameters. While there is no right or wrong to whatever decision you make, we recommend you make an informed choice that is the right one for you!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/incoming-college-students-could-take-gap-year-over-covid-19-uncertainty-11588687598?mod=itp_wsj&mod=&mod=djemITP_h

With the coronavirus pandemic raising doubts about whether classes will happen on campus, more collegians are exploring alternatives.

"Leaders are building the virtual internship to be similar to the face-to-face experience, Bennett [Blair Bennett, Senio...
05/04/2020
Coronavirus blew up summer internships, forcing students and employers to get creative

"Leaders are building the virtual internship to be similar to the face-to-face experience, Bennett [Blair Bennett, Senior Vice President for Talent Acquisiton at PepsiCo] said, but also acknowledged the things that make in-person work special — impromptu coffee meetings, water cooler chatter, casually bumping into a company executive — won’t be replaced."

“This is a unique opportunity,” Bennett said, “for students to actually be part of a company when

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/coronavirus-blew-up-summer-internships-forcing-students-and-employers-to-get-creative/2020/05/03/7f2708ae-83dd-11ea-a3eb-e9fc93160703_story.html?carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F28faa32%2F5eaff0c7fe1ff654c2d20e7a%2FZW1pbHlAa25vd3lvdXJvcHRpb25zLm5ldA%253D%253D%2F22%2F50%2F40f6de78eb65f865297d91ed3cbf458c&utm_campaign=wp_local_headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_lclheads

Most companies have at least changed their internship programs, if they didn’t cancel them outright.

Each Thursday in May from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Character Collaborative, https://character-admission.org, (of which Know...
05/04/2020
Character Collaborative

Each Thursday in May from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Character Collaborative, https://character-admission.org, (of which Know Your Options is a member) in conjunction with Derryfield School, is sponsoring Thursday Night Live: Straight Talk with College Admission Leaders, a one-hour virtual question and answer session for students and parents.

Hear from a variety of admissions representatives on the range of topics and concerns surrounding navigating the college process during the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Registration is required. https://discover.derryfield.org/thursday-night-live.

The goal of the Collaborative is to change admissions practice at the higher and secondary education levels to reflect the significance of character strengths in attaining success in school, college, and work.

" All 17 colleges in the system have now committed to getting students to take their first math course within their firs...
05/04/2020
Math Pathways Agreement Reached at UNC System

" All 17 colleges in the system have now committed to getting students to take their first math course within their first 30 hours of enrollment . . ."

Each institution in the University of North Carolina system is formally committing to the core recommendations of System Math Pathways. The pathways programs aims to remove roadblocks for students who may need developmental education support. All 17 colleges in the system have now committed to getti...

As seniors ponder their options for the fall, juniors are beginning to ask us our thoughts about waiting a year to apply...
05/04/2020
Colleges field more questions from seniors about deferring admission

As seniors ponder their options for the fall, juniors are beginning to ask us our thoughts about waiting a year to apply to college.

As more students ask about deferring admission, admissions officers try to determine what it might mean for their institutions -- and for students.

Virginia is one of the states that offers federally insured '529' College Savings Plans.  If you do receive  a refund, o...
05/04/2020
Some States Offer Insured Versions of ‘529’ Plans

Virginia is one of the states that offers federally insured '529' College Savings Plans. If you do receive a refund, or expect to receive one, from a college due to cornavirus-related disruptions and are wondering what to do with the money, it is crucial to understand what your options are before making a decision. Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research at Savingforcollege.com. offers a ". . .hypothetical example of a family who paid $27,000 in college costs using $20,000 from a 529 plan and $7,000 in cash. They received a refund of $2,500, leaving $24,500 in qualified expenses. Since this exceeds the $20,000 distribution from the 529 plan, the distribution is qualified even if the family does not recontribute the funds. However, if the family had paid $25,000 from the 529 plan, and all other factors were the same, they would have to recontribute at least $500 to the plan to avoid taxes and a penalty, he says. "

Investment options offered in some 529 education-savings plans are backed by federal guarantees against loss, up to certain limits.

Three things to consider before making the decision to refinance student loans.
05/04/2020
Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing Student Loans

Three things to consider before making the decision to refinance student loans.

Refinancing college debt could be an answer for some parents. But before deciding, it is helpful to understand the options.

High school juniors: We know you are feeling a wide range of emotions -- while you may be much more anxious about what t...
04/30/2020
Coronavirus Disruptions Have Upended Lives of High-School Juniors

High school juniors: We know you are feeling a wide range of emotions -- while you may be much more anxious about what the future holds and how you can best prepare, you may also be enjoying some extra free time (albeit without friends around) to 'just be'.

Rest assured your feelings are normal -- and you are not alone!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-disruptions-have-upended-lives-of-high-school-juniors-11588075200?page=2&pos=8

Cancellations of SATs, summer programs and campus visits have caused shock and anxiety among college-bound juniors. But it also has given them time to breathe.

We are not promoting the event, Facebook, the speakers, or the music, but if you are an about-to-be college graduate, yo...
04/30/2020
Facebook is hosting a virtual graduation with Oprah as commencement speaker

We are not promoting the event, Facebook, the speakers, or the music, but if you are an about-to-be college graduate, you may be interested in this 'virtual' event.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/us/facebook-oprah-graduation-trnd/index.html?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20200428&utm_term=4547315&utm_campaign=the-new-normal&utm_id=42808296&orgid=305&utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_1182904&cid=db&source=ams&sourceId=492907

Oprah Winfrey will be everyone's graduation speaker this year, thanks to Facebook.

If you are a college or high school student looking for a job or internship, don't despair!  Despite the predictions, ma...
04/28/2020
Job and internship market discourages students

If you are a college or high school student looking for a job or internship, don't despair! Despite the predictions, make a plan, be realistic (it's not that employers don't want to hire you) try to stay focused, and think outside the box -- we acknowledge all VERY hard things to do in the current environment.

As one about to be college grad puts it: "We’re going to be great employees one day because of our ability to think under pressure and in crisis.”

We couldn't agree with her more!

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/28/job-and-internship-market-discourages-students?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=94754ae23f-DNU_2019_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-94754ae23f-197401801&mc_cid=94754ae23f&mc_eid=a84d3a84a8

The Chronicle of Higher Education is asking colleges and universities to share their plans for reopening -- or not - thi...
04/27/2020
Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall

The Chronicle of Higher Education is asking colleges and universities to share their plans for reopening -- or not - this fall. Their list of responses was first published Thursday, 4/23 and has been updated as of yesterday.

We’re tracking whether institutions expect to have in-person or online-only classes or some mix of the two. Tell us what your campus is doing.

High school students with free time on their hands tonight:  Are you interested in learning more about University of Geo...
04/23/2020
Home - Peach State Tour

High school students with free time on their hands tonight: Are you interested in learning more about University of Georgia, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech?

Register now and tune it at 7:00 PM tonight!

http://www.peachstatetour.org/

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges that are leading to the creation of a new normal, many colleges and universi...
04/18/2020
Colleges consider the unthinkable: Dropping SAT and ACT requirements for next year's applicants

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges that are leading to the creation of a new normal, many colleges and universities are changing their admissions testing requirements for the Class of 2021.
Whether the temporary move to test optional policies becomes permanent - something many students, parents, educators and others are advocating for - remains to be seen.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/14/us/coronavirus-colleges-sat-act-test-trnd/index.html

High school juniors, it may be time to kiss your prep books goodbye. An increasing number of universities are dropping the SAT and ACT requirements in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Are there specific colleges and universities that you are interested in learning more about?   Check to see if any of  t...
04/15/2020
Coalition for College

Are there specific colleges and universities that you are interested in learning more about? Check to see if any of them are participating in this virtual event on Thursday, April 23.

http://coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/april-2020-virtual-fair.html

Register to connect with more than 40 colleges. Choose the time that works best for you on April 23. Note: times are listed in Eastern Daylight Savings.

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Current high school juniors: Don't let this year's early application numbers and admission rates become the determining factor in deciding where and when to apply; but don't ignore it either. Consider and prioritize it along with all the others as you finalize your college application plans.