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Confused about the road to college? Don't know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist Podcast is your source for guidance about the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, and more! Each week, Lauren Gaggioli brings you a new episode featuring interviews with college counselors, higher education professionals, and entrepreneurs who can help you master the process of getting into, paying for, and being successful in college. Find show notes and more at www.collegechecklistpodcast.com.

Confused about the road to college? Don't know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist Podcast is your source for guidance about the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, and more! Each week, Lauren Gaggioli brings you a new episode featuring interviews with college counselors, higher education professionals, and entrepreneurs who can help you master the process of getting into, paying for, and being successful in college. Find show notes and more at www.collegechecklistpodcast.com.
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Confused about the road to college? Don't know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist Podcast is your source for guidance about the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, and more! Each week, Lauren Gaggioli brings you a new episode featuring interviews with college counselors, higher education professionals, and entrepreneurs who can help you master the process of getting into, paying for, and being successful in college. Find show notes and more at www.collegechecklistpodcast.com.

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A Special Update for College Checklist Podcast Listeners - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

10/20/2017
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The College Checklist Podcast is back with a very special update. Since the Higher Scores Test Prep family is growing with a baby on the way, this year has been devoted to revamping the Higher Scores Test Prep courses. With fresh courses recorded and my due date just days away, I am here to share […] The post A Special Update for College Checklist Podcast Listeners appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:15:08

Getting the Most Out of College Campus Visits (Episode 93) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

1/23/2017
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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting, provides excellent advice on how to plan campus visits, how to save money on your college visits, and how to get the most benefit from the experience. Remember: campus visits are a fact-finding mission about your home […] The post Getting the Most Out of College Campus Visits (Episode 93) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:29:56

All About Student Loans (Episode 92) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

1/16/2017
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We are in for a special treat on this episode of The College Checklist Podcast with our first three-peat guest, Jodi Okun! Jodi has a wealth of knowledge on all things paying for college – including student loans. In the past, Jodi has helped us understand the bird’s eye view of the financial aid process, […] The post All About Student Loans (Episode 92) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:24:45

Honoring Your Passions: One Student’s Authentic Journey to College (Episode 91) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

1/9/2017
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In my final feature of a Higher Scores Test Prep student from the high school class of 2016, I am thrilled to include one of my very first online students, Madeleine. At the time of recording, Madeleine had just graduated from high school and was planning to attend Mt. Holyoke College. In this episode of The […] The post Honoring Your Passions: One Student’s Authentic Journey to College (Episode 91) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:37:44

Going Off-Trail on Purpose (Episode 90) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

1/2/2017
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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I interview Off-Trail On Purpose founder Leslie Frey about the benefits of defying the status quo in college admissions and why taking the long view of what you want from life can help you find the perfect-fit college. Leslie’s background as a teacher and Outward Bound leader gives her […] The post Going Off-Trail on Purpose (Episode 90) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:54:17

How to Conduct Data-Driven College Research (Episode 89) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

12/26/2016
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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I interview Road 2 College founder Debbie Schwartz about the best ways to leverage some of the wonderful, free college research tools available these days. When her own child was getting ready to plan for college, Debbie came to realize how little college financial planning assistance there was […] The post How to Conduct Data-Driven College Research (Episode 89) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:48:24

A Practical Guide to College Admissions (Episode 88) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

12/4/2016
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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Brenden, a former ACT prep student of mine, and his mom, Jeanne share their best tips as practical a guide to college admissions. The hallmark off their experience was staring early and doing plenty of research and planning. Brenden also explains how he balanced work, outside activities, […] The post A Practical Guide to College Admissions (Episode 88) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:38:00

What College Admissions Officers Really Want (Episode 87) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

10/24/2016
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If you’ve ever wondered what makes a great college application or what college admissions officers want to see from applicants, this episode of The College Checklist Podcast is for you! In this show, I’m joined by my friend Luke Lawson who’s served as an undergraduate admissions officer and in many other posts in higher education […] The post What College Admissions Officers Really Want (Episode 87) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:36:57

How To Become A Global Superstar (Episode 86) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

10/10/2016
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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ben Green, author of The Global Superstar. Ben provides valuable insights on what high school and college students can think about and do to prepare for a career in a field they are passionate about. This episode is important because […] The post How To Become A Global Superstar (Episode 86) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:34:42

How I Earned $160,000 In Scholarships At My Dream School (Episode 85) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

9/26/2016
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Getting into college is hard. Winning college scholarships is even harder. I am so proud to have my student Darius and his mother Shawnae on to talk about their family’s college admissions journey that included a strategic approach to financial aid. Their family’s open, honest conversation about the cost of college gave Darius the full […] The post How I Earned $160,000 In Scholarships At My Dream School (Episode 85) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:41:34

All About The Common App (Episode 84) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

9/12/2016
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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, we’re going to talk about the Common Application (aka Common App) with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian. Shirag will help us wrap our minds around what’s expected of us on the Common App and help us with some tips about best practices for filling it out as well. We’ll cover essay […] The post All About The Common App (Episode 84) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:49:19

Are You Meant To Be An Entrepreneur? (Episode 83) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

8/29/2016
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In Episode 82 of The College Checklist Podcast, I interviewed Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest and something she said got me thinking about alternatives to college. While she was very clear that the data from the last 20 years shows that college graduates make more over their lifetime than their uneducated peers, she also implied that the payoff […] The post Are You Meant To Be An Entrepreneur? (Episode 83) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:35:21

Getting Financially Organized for College Admissions (Episode 82) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

8/15/2016
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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest shares a lot of information about the ever-shifting landscape of college financial aid. Be sure to take advantage of NextGenVest’s free texting service that can help you have your financial aid and scholarship questions answered. NextGenVest can even help you appeal your financial aid […] The post Getting Financially Organized for College Admissions (Episode 82) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:37:20

The Power of College Internships (Episode 81) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

8/1/2016
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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Sharise Kent joins us to share her expertise on college internships. Sharise is an expert on how students can find internships and determine their career objectives while they are still in school. Sharise provides many practical tips on how to prepare for college and how to find internships […] The post The Power of College Internships (Episode 81) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:35:06

How I Got Into Columbia University (Episode 80) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

7/15/2016
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If you’ve ever wondered how students get admitted to top schools like Columbia, you’re in for a special treat! My former test prep student and Columbia University Class of 2020 admittee Tevis joins me on today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast to share his college admissions story. Here’s the thing: getting into an Ivy League college is […] The post How I Got Into Columbia University (Episode 80) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:50:37

Scholarship Tips from a Debt-Free Grad (Episode 79) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

6/27/2016
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Looking for great scholarship tips from someone who’s used free money to fund her college education? You’re in the right place! Fellow podcaster Kristy Sturgill joins us on The College Checklist podcast to share how she graduated debt free from college by obtaining scholarships both before she set off to college and throughout her 4 years […] The post Scholarship Tips from a Debt-Free Grad (Episode 79) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:46:17

Getting To Know Your In-School Counselor (Episode 78) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

6/13/2016
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Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kelly Johnson. Kelly is an in-school counselor and also serves as Communications Chairman of the Indiana School Counselors Association. In this episode, Kelly helps us understand the changing role of the in-school counselor. She also gives parents and students alike insight on how to best leverage the […] The post Getting To Know Your In-School Counselor (Episode 78) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:47:40

How To Land Your Dream Job with the College Info Geek Thomas Frank (Episode 77) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

5/25/2016
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Today, I’m pleased to welcome Thomas Frank as a guest on The College Checklist Podcast. Thomas is the geek behind the popular blog, podcast, and YouTube channel College Info Geek. He provides advice for college students on how to study, how to get the jobs they want, and how to build a solid financial base. […] The post How To Land Your Dream Job with the College Info Geek Thomas Frank (Episode 77) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:41:46

Community Service and the College Admissions Process (Episode 76) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

4/29/2016
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Today we have a very special guest! My mom, Francine Verbarg, makes her College Checklist Podcast debut! Our family has always been very focused on community service and Mom is the reason for that. She’s volunteered for various organizations from a very young age and shares her tips for getting involved in charity work. In this episode, […] The post Community Service and the College Admissions Process (Episode 76) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:35:31

Great Money Tips for College-Bound Teens (Episode 75) - The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

4/22/2016
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We are very lucky to have Ramsey Personality Rachel Cruze on the show today to share tips on how we can raise kids that are financially prepared to tackle college without going into debt. Rachel is Dave Ramsey’s daughter and, growing up a Ramsey, there were lots of money lessons that she learned along the way. […] The post Great Money Tips for College-Bound Teens (Episode 75) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Duration:00:37:14