Understanding Financial Aid Packages and Avoiding Award Traps

April 2, 2015
Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton

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College decisions are in, and with them, financial aid packages have arrived as well. Wondering how to fully understand the financial implications of those awards for your family? Former senior financial aid officer Laurie Peltier will be here to walk you through tips for evaluating those packages and avoiding award traps. Speaking of those decisions, we'll be talking about them all--admit, deny, waitlist, whether or not you can appeal a deny and how to go about the process of choosing your final school with former Georgetown admissions officer Karen Spencer. And while manyare in the final stages of the application process, some of you are just getting started. With that in mind, Former MIT and Caltech admissions officer Zaragoza Guerra will stop by to discuss what to do when, whether you or your child is a freshman, sophomore, or junior. We'll also be answering your questions live on air, so give us a call at 866-472-5788.

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Elizabeth Heaton

Elizabeth Heaton is the senior director of educational consulting and strategic marketing at College Coach, the nation’s leading provider of educational advisory services. Ms. Heaton began her admissions career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she chaired university selection committees, evaluated potential athletic recruits as one of the school’s athletics liaisons, and oversaw the university’s portfolio of admissions publications. She also served as second chair in the selection committee for the school's flagship interdisciplinary Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. A graduate of Cornell University, Ms. Heaton brings exceptional skills to the craft of essay writing paired with experience reading and evaluating thousands of Penn admissions applications. She is featured regularly in news outlets including Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Time, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, and ABC News, among others, and can offer expert advice on a wide range of college admissions topics, from colleges’ expectations for high school curriculum choices and standardized test scores to choosing the right extracurricular activities and essay topics. Prior to joining Penn, Ms. Heaton worked as a public relations professional and served for a decade as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.

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