Gary Canter is a certified guidance counselor who has operated his business since 1996. Besides working with thousands of families Gary has consulted with scores of schools and organizations assisting students with post-secondary planning.
College Placement Services provides high school students and their families assistance with all aspects of the college search, selection, application and financial aid process.
The College Counselor Who Left His Own Children Alone
Lots of folks joke to me that Johanna (my daughter) must be all set with her college process cause I’m her dad. Actually, I’ve had very little to do with her process, and I suspect that if I’d tried more she wouldn’t have listened much to me. I saw this column today and it made me smile.
The College Guy’s Most Recent Rant:
“Yes I received your letter yesterday around the time the doorknob broke. When you asked me how I was doing was that some kind of joke? All these people that you mentioned, yes I know them, they’re quite lame. I had to rearrange their faces and give them all another name. Right now I can’t read too good don’t send me no more letters, no. Not unless you mail them from Desolation Row.” Who better than Bob Dylan to put [...]
Lucy texted me in the middle of the night (mostly she remembers the time difference but maybe forgets a little bit when she is excited) that our financial aid appeal was a great success!
As a quick reminder – Stanford offered her 20K and with your help our appeal requested an additional $10,719. (I think you actually suggested we stay close to but just under 10.) Anyway, they have offered us an additional $9250 and we are thrilled! Almost a 50% increase from original offer (and your instincts were clearly right on with the “just under 10” estimate.)
We are so grateful for your time, experience, guidance, and concrete examples for how to navigate this financial aid appeal process. There is no way we would have known where to start or how to proceed without it. And this will make a huge difference in our ability to plan and cover these next 4 very expensive years. So thank you again and hope your other students/families are getting some good news in this stressful time. Hope to bump in to you out in the neighborhood sometime!