Our Approach

Adding the financial aid dimension to the undergraduate college selection process.

The why ?

  • The Average percentage of full-time students who were awarded merit aid in 2018-2019 was just 15% – Source: U.S news survey among ranked colleges (Forbes.com 2017)
  • With the cost of expensive colleges now in excess of US $80,000 per year, even students from families with incomes over $250,000 (INR 1.75 Cr) can qualify for need-based aid!
  • Coronavirus pandemic may have widened the affordability gap with personal income stagnation or even losses, College endowment funds’ value erosion, etc.
  • Choosing the right college that provides the right “value for money” college is now, more than ever, the biggest decision most students (and parents) will make.
  • “I make too much money so filing or paying attention to aid forms such as FAFSA, ISFAA is a waste of my time” is usually wrong!
  • If you’re looking at your child’s friends and wondering how their parents will pay for college, you’re not alone! Many will dip deep into their life savings, sell properties, borrow etc. In other situations, some will forego higher priced colleges for lower ranked colleges due to the perceived high cost.

The How ?

  • Analyzed and created curated data sets to help secure the best financial aid for your child(ren)
  • Developed a proprietary framework called D.I.S.C* – Decisions based on Interest, Success-factors and Cost, to help calculate the chances at financial aid in the U.S Colleges
  • Went through the college application process for 75+ colleges for our own sets of children between 2017 & now.
  • Passionately researched numerous papers, articles, blogs over a 24-30 month period to understand college financial aid nuances.
  • Advised friends, colleagues, acquaintances, other parents during the course of our children’s application process.
  • We want to help parents reduce the cost of college and pay for it wisely.
  • We will personally engage & advise throughout the process –from the time the college list is prepared to the time guidance is required for “appeal” (if at all)

The “Traditional” College Counselor

College counselors offer a wide range of services to families of students seeking to enroll in college. These services vary depending on when the counselor is hired. For students in high school, college counseling is very important. Together, the counselor and the student can work on each application. Some college counselors help students prepare for the SAT or the ACT test directly through tutoring; even if your counselor doesn’t offer that service, they can probably recommend a reputable tutor for you. Counselors can also offer advice on all stages of your admissions essays. They can help you select a compelling topic, point out weaknesses in your essays, proofread for any spelling or grammar errors, and provide general editorial support for each of your essays.

Some College counselors offer to perform some other critical roles, including helping families find financial aid options for college. However, the sheer number of aid options and the applications required to secure them can be daunting, and these “traditional” college admissions counselors are often unable to help families narrow the field and concentrate on the scholarships and other financial aid packages that are most likely to bear fruit. This is where Jupiter Education Consultants can help.

Finding a College Counselor to Fit Your Needs

You can begin your search for the ideal college counselor for your family’s situation by asking for recommendations from family and friends. Students who successfully got into their desired college with the help of a counselor can tell you more about their own experience in the process.

Carefully researching potential college counselors can ensure that you get your money’s worth and improve your child’s chances of getting into their desired school. Begin your search by looking for counselors with solid experience in the field. In the US, often, the counselors have spent time as a college admissions officer before deciding to become an admissions counselor. This type of experience gives counselors firsthand knowledge of what colleges are seeking in prospective students and can give you quality pointers on your application. The educational achievements and certifications that a counselor holds are also important. Some college counselors become certified by the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. This college counseling certificate requires a number of accomplishments, including earning a master’s degree, passing a test and fulfilling visiting requirements at universities and colleges. College counselors can also earn advanced certificates from universities that offer their own classes in college counseling. You may also want to consider looking for a counselor that belongs to reputable organizations, such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Getting into a good college can be hard, but it’s possible to get into the school of dreams with proper preparation and good advice. Consulting an independent college counselor can help with all aspects of the college application process, from test preparation to school selection. However, with the cost of tuition rising and the worsening economic situation around us with the effects of the pandemic, it helps to pay for college wisely by seeking the services of experts such as the college financial consultants at Jupiter Education.

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