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College Finance

It wasn't easy.  I remember that.   I was the third kid with two more behind me.  Neither of my folks went to college, but we worked together and found a mix of Pell grants, part time jobs, tuition discounts, and student loans.  That is still the case today, but much more is out there and findable now thanks to the internet.   Recent interest in directing civic resources toward racial inequity has pushed higher education to rethink its business school offerings.  Today it is quite common to see business schools attempt collaborations with non profit organizations like StringWizards, they construct their own project-based collaborations with community partners to foster broader civic outcomes.  

College recruiting efforts are changing as well.  The trend is to accept digital attachments and to deemphasize GPA's and even SAT scores for being a less reliable indicator of college success.  The button below will take you to a social media video which the kids will individually customize.   It should open in the new window.  When it finishes use your browser to come back.

The SAT is a service of the College Board, and regularly comes under withering criticism for skewed test outcomes based on for-hire private tutors and family wealth.  Today, college applications tend toward more extensive use of essay questions to help predict which students will be a best fit admission office preferences.  We emphasize creative writing within the  program.

Advanced Placement courseware has its place, but overly zealous participation creates time demands that detract from just being a kid.  The same time demands can apply to athletics or to overindulge in the many attractive after school choices at St. Ignatius. Like the photo on this page suggests, helping them to sort through the choices could be helpful.  Please consider StringWizards as a rewarding, multifaceted option with opportunities for your child, your family and for other families as well.