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:
Hi Juniors and Parents of same! Hope you’re all healthy and finding your way in these unprecedented times. I received this email yesterday from a family: "We are hearing that a lot of colleges are not requiring the SAT/ACT for juniors this year. I know things are in flux, but at this point, do you think _____ should continue with SAT prep or instead concentrate on all the other things that will help him get into college like his resume, [...]
“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.)
“Gary has helped both my children find the college path that has been right for them.
“One of them went to a two year community college to study advanced machine technology and now at the age of 23 owns his own home and has a great job working for a defense contractor. He has incurred no student loans.
“The other has been accepted into her first choice of school, a four year program at Northeastern University in Boston to study chemical engineering.