Planning for College: Educational Workshops
By Joe Messinger, CFP®
June 27, 2019
When it comes to planning for college, families need help. Maybe they just need a bit of help or maybe they need some intensive guidance. No matter the level of support needed, a great way to get started is through two educational workshops: Tips for the College-Bound and Smart Money Moves for the College-Bound. Joe Messinger continues to be an integral part of these two workshops that help families lay the groundwork for a successful journey to college.
A Little History
Tips for the College-Bound was created by Beth Probst of At The Core in 2014. Beth started her business helping students discover their ideal career and college major through Guided Self Assessment. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of how students can make smart choices in high school, find and apply to college, and be successful while there. She shared all this info in Tips for the College-Bound.
In its earliest version, “Tips” included Joe for a section devoted to the discussion of paying for college. Beth and Joe quickly discovered that a small section about money in “Tips” was not enough. Families had SO many questions so Tips 2.0 was born…Smart Money Moves for the College-Bound.
In Smart Money Moves, Joe was able to dig deeper into the financial side of paying for college. His free message about how families can become educated consumers of a college education has been seen by thousands of families.
What does Smart Money Moves for the College-Bound look like today?
Today, Joe is pleased to offer this free program online nationwide via webinar. The schedule of events is often the same with two programs in the winter and fall and one program offered in the summer. Click here for the most recent schedule of upcoming events.
Joe’s 90-minute program helps families understand how paying for college works.
- What terms do they need to understand?
- Where can families find financial aid and scholarships?
- What can families do who earn to much to qualify for aid?
- How can families find a college they can afford?
- What do families need to consider when making a sound plan?
- And more!
This program was not created to sell any financial product. Smart Money Moves is simply good info to help parents and students make smart choices. The pressure-filled approach of other planners is not Joe’s style. His goal is just to give you the knowledge you need.
What does Tips for the College-Bound look like today?
In Fall 2017, Tips for the College-Bound evolved from a free 90-minute program into an in-depth 3-hour workshop for parents and students. It is now a must see college planning event.
Joe’s earlier small segment was expanded to a longer introduction to college funding. It is meant to be a lead-in to the subsequent Smart Money Moves program. It gives families a good overview of how paying for college works.
The first section of the program is devoted to all the nuts and bolts of high school and preparing for college:
- ACT/SAT testing
- High school course options (AP, IB, dual enrollment/College Credit Plus, electives, honors, etc.)
- Graduation requirements
- Finding a college
- Extra curriculars
- What are colleges looking for
- The application process
The second section is a fascinating look at what comes after college. How do students prepare for life after college? How can they make the most of their years in college? We can’t overlook the importance of this thinking. Getting students INTO college is only part of the thinking! What do they do while they are there?
Having students attend this event with their parents is particularly useful. We all know teenagers often trust the word of others as compared to those same words from their parents. 😉 It gets everyone on the same page in terms of knowledge and planning…a great jumping off point for a process with reduced stress.
Planning for college…a jump start
With the combination of these two educational workshops, families can be confident in their next steps. Don’t wait until Junior year for these workshops. Freshman or Sophomore years are ideal. We hope to see you at one soon.Event Calendar