Ep. 74 Website Review: The College Board

The College BoardThe College Board website may be frequently used by some of you but I would venture to guess that a large part of you have no idea how vast and comprehensive this site is. This episode of The College Money Maze Podcast does a review of The College Board website.

Some would argue that although The College Board is a nonprofit organization, in terms of its’ overall structure, it has some tools, resources and services that is marketed to others at a cost.  Some might even say that it has a dual identity: one side is for educators, colleges, school counselors and the other side is for students and parents.

Let’s look at each side. First the professional services side for educators provides instructional programs, curriculum development services, materials, lesson plans etc… for educators. They also have content to help guidance professionals assist students with the application process and prepping for college. These would be best used by teachers of 6-12 grade students or high school counselors.

The higher education services is provided to help college admissions, financial aid administrators and those that are into recruiting to plan, coordinate and track all of their information in one software application.  They also provide data reports about PSAT/SAT trending to help direct marketing.

One of the final sections of the website is for the CSS Profile. This an additional form that is required by a number of universities in addition to the FAFSA for consideration of not only financial aid, but institutional aid (or non-federal aid) awards. This form asks additional asset and resource questions so that the admissions and financial aid administrators can make better decisions based on the resources available.

The other side of The College Board is a “sub-site” called BIG FUTURE. This is the section that is directed toward college planning, career exploration, career development and organizes information for students that are applying for colleges. First and foremost, you can access the PSAT/SAT/CLEP practice tests as well as register for the actual tests from this section. This is very user friendly for students and parents to access.

A little known feature is their college search database which guides you step by step to compile your college list. You can search for colleges and universities by acceptable test score, which ones give out merit scholarship, those that are ranked nationally by division (and filter by sport) etc…  There are several videos of students who have used the site and provide testimonials.

Connect with them:

Twitter – @CollegeBoard @OfficialSAT

Facebook – @TheCollegeBoard

Ep. 61 Success Principles 4 Life: Michael Jones & The I CAN Foundation

The I CAN FoundationThe I CAN Foundation (and the success principles 4 life) is the second foundation that we spotlight here on The College Money Maze. We want our audience to get up close and personal with the organizations that award college scholarships and hear the story behind  the message.

Michael Jones is Founder and President of The I CAN Foundation as well as an entrepreneur.  He talks at length about his principles for success and what services the foundation provides for the youth of North Plainfield, NJ and the surrounding communities.

The I CAN Foundation empowers our youth and community with the “I Can” attitude by providing free services geared toward middle and high school students, completed by family-oriented programs for the community. TCIF’s services and programs include tutoring, mentoring, NJ PARCC & SAT Boot Camps, Hoops 4 a Cause event and an Annual Black History Extravaganza

The Foundation also awards a $2000 scholarship to a high school senior.  The qualifications are as follows:

  • Graduating New Jersey High School Senior (NJ Resident only)
  • Complete a 750 word essay
  • Two-Three letters of recommendation
  • 2.5 grade point
  • Extra Curricula Activities

Success Principles 4 Life: Spirituality, Family, Education & Recreation

Success tips for high school seniors:

  1. Choose a college wisely
  2. Practice positive study habits
  3. Get to know your professors to build a relationship

“Don’t study what you know – study what you don’t know!” – Michael Jones

Links mentioned in this episode:

The I CAN Foundation Scholarship

Mirror Image Barber Shop


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

North Carolina A & T State University

Independent Beauty Supply