In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jay Benanav about different ways that families can pay for college.
Jay is an independent college counselor who believes in a holistic approach to choosing a college. Jay recommends considering 3 key factors as you whittle down your college choices: academic fit, social fit, and cost.
First, Jay shares an overview of how he helps students choose good fit schools. We then do a deeper dive regarding the cost of college. Jay shares his expertise as we explore different ways to pay for college, including the various types of financial aid and loans available to families today.
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About Jay Benanav
Jay Benanav is an independent college counselor and the co-founder of the College Advisors Network. A self-professed “recovering lawyer”, Jay has practiced law and helped run successful businesses for over 30 years.
He has a law degree from St. John’s Law School and has attended Harvard School of Government and Columbia University School of Business. He believes in helping families find the right academic, social, and financial fit.
“Our strategy includes figuring out what people will pay for college and, more importantly, how not get into debt.”
“One of the most common reasons kids drop out of college is cost.”
“GPA and SAT/ACT score are the 2 most important factors in determining merit aid.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the colleges you are interested in. You are buying a very expensive product.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Take a deep breath. Treat this like you would any major purchase. Take your time.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: DIY College Rankings, College Solutions, and a Google search of “Common Data Set” + Name of the College
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Use all of the resources available to you.
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