Ep. 7 College Visit: University of Delaware

IMG_4949

University of Delaware with Charlie and our college tour guide, courtesy of a Soror from Chi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

College Street Sign: Lovett Ave - University of Delaware

College Street Sign: Lovett Ave – University of Delaware

In this episode, we provide our review of the University of Delaware. This was our second college visit and we compare and contrast this institution with the previous one.  This was their Discovery Day and it was well attended. We went on a campus tour. Our lovely tourguide was a student who happen to be a Soror of mine from Chi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

In the caption of the photo above with myself and Charlie, notice the street sign – Lovett Ave.  Hmmm………. that might be a good sign that this street has my families last name. COINCIDENCE???  Tell me your thoughts below, leave us a comment.

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think about this episode. Join our FACEBOOK COMMUNITY – The College Money Maze Community – to get first access to the scholarships and resources that are posted.

[spp-player]

 

Ep. 6 Scholarship Success Story: Michael & Michele Christian

Scholarship Success: The Christian Family

Scholarship success: The Christian Family

One of the newest features at The College Money Maze Podcast is our Scholarship Success Stories. We will be profiling parents and students who have successfully navigated this college journey and were able to obtain a scholarship (or many) to fund their own or their child’s education. When Todd and I came up with the concept for the podcast, this topic was the main thing I wanted to do. I thought to myself, why not highlight successful people who have paved the way so others can benefit from their wisdom. There is no need in reinventing the wheel!

Our first set of parents is Michael and Michele Christian. In order to be totally transparent, Michele is a friend of ours from our home town in New Jersey. She is married to Michael and they have two children together, Brandon and Brianna. Michael has an older daughter, Alexis from a prior relationship. Brianna is their oldest daughter who graduated from high school this year and will be attending Rutgers University – New Brunswick Campus (GO SCARLET KNIGHTS!) in the fall. Michele graduated from Seton Hall University and Michael is from the west coast and is an alumna of California State Polytechnic University.

Their top tips for other Parents/Students:

  1. Start looking ASAP! ideally, as soon as they start high school
  2. Good idea to start studying for the PSAT/SAT as soon as possible, preferably in junior year.  Sometimes you get better scores when there is no pressure.
  3. Work hard on the college essay, it is very important.
  4. Listen to your child.  Don’t try to control them or the process.

Links mentioned in this episode:

George School

A Better Chance Program

Johns Hopkins University

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

PSAT, SAT

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think about this episode. Join our FACEBOOK COMMUNITY – The College Money Maze Community – to get first access to the scholarships and resources that are posted.

[spp-player]

 

Ep. 5 Our First College Visit: HBCU Cheyney University

The College Money Maze gang went to our first college visit, HBCU Cheyney University and we discuss our experiences from different perspectives: being a minority, having attended and graduated from a larger university and looking at the college student experience.

Our first college visit, HBCU Cheyney University

Our first college visit, HBCU Cheyney University

Cheyney is located in Cheyney, PA and situated in a rural setting. You could pass the entrance on this dirt road and never know it. The signage from the main road is not very large or apparent. Using your GPS might also get you lost.

The University has a lot to offer first year students. The tour guide walked us around the campus and showed us the residence halls, the computer lab, the student center, the arts center the place on campus where the Divine Nine (Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities) call their hangout.

The Keystone Honor Programs is a highlight of the school and if you are one of the recipients of the scholarships, you have perks that go along with it such as first choice of housing and free tuition.

Cheyney University is one of the more affordable schools in the region with Tuition for in-state students full time at about $5,000 per semester. Out-of-state students would pay on average $7,500 per semester. You should also plan for an additional $6,000 for room/board/meal plan. If you are interested in their financial aid application or general information, go to the website and contact the financial aid office.

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think about this episode. Join our FACEBOOK COMMUNITY – The College Money Maze Community – to get first access to the scholarships and resources that are posted.

[spp-player]

 

Ep. 3 College Planning Pt. 1

college planning

college planning

On this episode of The College Money Maze Podcast, Todd and Ellen discuss college planning for 9th and 10th grade students and parents. Todd measures his families’ activities against this checklist and provides commentary on their strategy as it relates to Charlie and his skills. This checklist can be found on the College Board website. The checklist also includes a comprehensive section for juniors (11th grade students) and seniors (12th grade students) as well. You can access your copy of the checklist by clicking here.

Other items that are discussed are Todd’s story about his experience as a freshman at Rutgers University and their Army ROTC Program.   Ellen confesses that her original desire for a college choice was to attend Montclair State University, but we know how that turned out.

Did you change your mind about YOUR college selection? If so, tell us about it and what the factors were that you needed to consider. Leave us a comment here or on our join the College Money Maze Community on Facebook and share there.

Resource Links:

College Board

Big Future

Rutgers University

Montclair State University

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think about this episode. Join our FACEBOOK COMMUNITY – The College Money Maze Community – to get first access to the scholarships and resources that are posted.

[spp-player]

Ep.1 Welcome and Introduction

This is the first episode of The College Money Maze Podcast hosted by Ellen Reaves and Todd Lovett – a dynamic brother/sister duo. We intend to share “success stories” of parents and students, educate you about college prep resources, discuss college financial aid and announce scholarships you may qualify for.

The inspiration for starting this podcast came out of the “real-life” conversations we have all the time about our college experiences, commenting on other colleges and whose child was accepted where, often wondering how they accomplished it.

I think we are either fascinated or slightly obsessed with this topic, largely due to Todd and his wife Bridgette’s quest to find money for their children’s college education. We toyed around with the idea of talking with other parents who have been successful at this and wondering why does it seem that no one is really sharing that information.

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work (10 of 10)

 

I came up with the concept of the podcast as a way of talking with other parents to tell “their story”, highlight their journey and at the same time, chronicling Todd’s families’ quest to finding financial resources for college education.

Listen in as we talk about our backgrounds, the high schools we went to, our experience and motivations to attend Rutgers University (with Todd taking a detour to NJIT and Rutgers University in Newark, NJ).

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think about this episode. Join our FACEBOOK COMMUNITY – The College Money Maze Community – to get first access to the scholarships and resources that are posted.

[spp-player]
1 2 3 4