The College Checklist Podcast

The College Checklist Podcast is the podcast dedicated to guiding you through the complex world of college admissions. Host Lauren Gaggioli interviews experts from all areas of college admissions, college search, financial aid, scholarships, test prep and more to empower you to take control of your family's college admissions process.

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What Happened on the June SAT? (Episode 55)

What happened on the June SAT?

There have been many reports on what happened on the June SAT. I’ve been holding off on sharing my 2 cents until the scores actually were released, which they were today. Find out what happened, what College Board is doing to correct the issue, and what I think about College Board’s response in this week’s episode of The […]

The New PSAT: What the Class of 2017 Needs to Know (Episode 54)

[Quote Box] The New PSAT: What the Class of 2017 Needs to Know

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Celest Horton of Debt Free Degree 101 and I discuss the changes coming to the PSAT in October 2015. Yes! Even though the new full-length SAT will not be released until March 2016, the PSAT for the Class of 2017 (this summer’s rising juniors) will be a reflection of […]

College Search Tips for LD Students (Episode 53)

[Quote Box] Episode 53 of The College Checklist Podcast - College Search Tips for LD Students

In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Judith Bass. Judy is the founder of Bass Educational Services and is an expert in providing college counseling for students with learning difficulties or learning disabilities (LD). Judy explains what constitutes LD and provides expert tips on how LD students and parents can […]

What If College Isn’t For You? An Overview of the Skilled Trades with Rick Seigmund (Episode 52)

[Quote] “The older skilled tradesmen are retiring in the next 10 to 15 years. The skilled trade gap is one of the biggest problems facing the US and Britain.” - Rick Seigmund on The College Checklist Podcast

There is a growing skills gap in America but – make no mistake – the skilled trades are in high demand. For those families looking for alternatives to college that still afford the opportunity for young men and women to find high paying jobs in an industry they are passionate about, the skilled trades might be the perfect […]

The True Value of a College Education with Josh Elledge (Episode 51)

The Value of a College Education with Josh Elledge

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, it was an honor to have my friend, savings expert Josh Elledge, on the show to explore the true value of a college education in today’s economy. We discuss some interesting facts about college recently shared in Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath, as well as some valuable savings […]

Getting Homeschooled Students Into College with Karen Childress (Episode 49)

Getting Homeschool Students Into College with Karen Childress

This episode of The College Checklist Podcast features Karen Childress, a homeschooling mother of 7. Her sixth homeschooled child is graduating from high school this year and headed to college like his siblings before him. Karen shares her tips on how to prepare homeschooled children for the college admission process. While Karen’s tips are great advice for the […]

Colleges That Change Lives with Maria Furtado (Episode 48)

Maria Furtado on The College Checklist Podcast

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with Maria Furtado, the Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives – a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Maria enjoys helping students and families as they take on the college search process, and she believes […]

Free Workshop Announced for Monday, March 30th

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Higher Scores Test Prep’s CFO, Bob Verbarg, and I will be hosting a free, online workshop this coming Monday, March 30th at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET. In this presentation, you’ll learn: How to leverage your SAT or ACT score to pay for college even at a “test-optional” school. How important a college […]

All About Gap Years with Ethan Knight, Executive Director of the American Gap Association (Episode 47)

All About Gap Years with Ethan Knight

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ethan Knight, the Executive Director of the American Gap Association. Ethan has established an accreditation process by which Gap Year Programs are becoming more regulated, ensuring students participate in programs that are both educational and safe. Ethan shares with us his own […]