The College Cost Lab will cut through the noise, hype and misinformation to make you a smart college shopper.
This is an eight-week course that officially begins in mid September.
After the class is over, you can keep all the course materials for your future use. So you don't need to worry if you can't devote enough time to the class.
Here's what you'll receive inside the online class:
During the course, I will personally answer any and all of your college questions.
Parents frequently want to hire me as a consultant, but I don't take any private clients. This is your opportunity, however, to receive advice directly from me through the course webinars and my online classroom. You can post questions to me 24/7.
You'll be able to attend four live webinars on topics including increasing admission chances, the best sources of college money and who qualifies for financial aid and what happens if you don't. No webinar ends until I've addressed everyone's questions!
All webinars are recorded and I will email you the recording link within 24 hours of each webinar.
Inside the online classroom, you'll find 10 modules that contain dozens of lessons on critical topics such as financial aid, merit scholarships, avoiding stingy schools, financial aid issues including maximizing aid chances, smart way to borrow for college and where to find college bargains.
Here's a sampling of the modules:
* What Your First Step Should Be.
* Main Sources of College Money.
* Targeting Schools for the Most Money.
* Tools to Find Generous Colleges.
* A Closer Look at Financial Aid.
* Best Ways to Borrow.
Nine beautiful resource guides provide hands-on advice to boost your chances of making the best college decisions.
Here's my favorite: The Ultimate College List Builder that shares average awards for 722 schools along with the odds that students will receive these scholarships.
Here are the resource guides that you'll receive:
1. The Ultimate College List Builder.
2. A Step-by-Step Guide to Cutting College Costs.
3. The Ultimate List of the Nation's Most Generous Colleges.
4. Your Smart Blueprint for Selecting Colleges.
5. How to Measure the Generosity of Colleges.
6. Expected Family Contribution Cheat Sheet.
7. Six Ways to Cut the Cost of College.
8. Colleges That Don't Provide Merit Aid.
9. Resources to Build a Perfect College List.
You will have access to the online class for two months. Take the class at your own pace and access the materials 24/7. Only the webinars have a scheduled time, but they are also recorded.
At the end of the course, you can keep the resource guides, written lessons and webinar recordings for your future use.
In the classroom, you will see the questions posed by previous individuals in the class and my answers. What you may find most interesting are the introductions from parents who shared their own dreams and fears about college, as well as my responses.
What Others Are Saying...
Lynn is a genius. She saved us $80,000 with our first son. No other financial aid advice has made me or saved me anywhere near six figures.
Managing director, Marketing firm, Del Mar, CA
Lynn is absolutely fabulous! She is so knowledgeable and thorough. The amount of information that I walked away with after The College Cost Lab was incredible. This course has enabled me to counsel my clients so much more effectively. Can't say enough!
College consultant, Greater New York City
Lynn is unique in combining breadth of financial understanding with deep insights for researching schools to assess fit. She shares insights in a friendly and accessible way that come naturally to her as a parent who has sat in our seats.
Marketing consultant, Chicago
Lynn's course is a MUST! The depth of information in this course is astounding. Lynn has a way of presenting information so it's easy to understand, and her course filled in the gaps in my financial aid knowledge. This information has been invaluable to me as a college consultant. I highly recommend it!
College consultant, San Francisco Bay area
Lynn's class has been utterly transformative in the way we approach the college search. I'm excited because I feel there's a whole new vista ahead with many more promising schools than I had originally thought.
Professor of clinical medicine, University of California, San Diego
Colleges and universities are businesses that are focused on their own bottom line. These schools aren't interested in revealing what families really need to know to make informed college decisions.
You don't, however, have to be the victim of the information blackout.
The College Cost Lab will help you level the playing field with schools. The course's No. 1 goal is to empower parents with teenagers, as well as college consultants and school counselors who advice them, on how to make college more affordable.
Most of the parents who take this course believe they won’t qualify for financial aid and are looking for merit scholarships. This course, however, is equally valuable for families seeking financial aid.
A nationally recognized college expert, Lynn (that's me) is the author of an Amazon college bestseller, and the creator of TheCollegeSolution.com, which attracts more than a million visitors a year.
For many years, I was also the college columnist for CBS MoneyWatch. I've written or been interviewed about college for leading publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Los Angeles Times and the BBC.
Here is what's more important about me: As a financial and higher-ed journalist, I've pulled back the curtain on the hidden financial aid and scholarship practices of the nation's colleges and universities. I share their secrets with you.