It’s important to find out your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in order to get a feel for how much colleges will expect you to pay when financial aid packages come out. Find your EFC with this online calculator.  If you want information on how to calculate approximate college costs read our blog here.


Graphic Organizer

Graphic Organizer

  1. Brainstorming is always a great place to start.

    1. Creating a graphic organizer or mind map is a useful tool to organize your ideas during brainstorming.

    2. Talk to friends and family about aspects that make you unique.

    3. Think about why you are interested in your major, was there a life event that lead to it?

    4. Is there something in your life that has changed your outlook?

    5. What are your values?

  2. The first time you write just sit down and write all of your thoughts on the topic.  Don’t worry about it making sense to anyone else.

  3.  Understand that it takes several drafts to get an essay where you want it.  Ask 2 people who will be very honest with you to read through it.  Use this editing checklist while working on each draft.

Useful College Links:

  1. SAT or ACT information

  2. College Search:

    1. Big Future with College Board

    2. Niche

  3. GI Bill Comparison Tool

  4. Virtual College Tours:

    1. You Visit

    2. Campus Tours

  5. National Center for College Students with Disabilities

  6. College Scoops

Executive Functioning Skills:

  1. Time Management

  2. Emotional Regulation (including Impulse Control)

  3. Task Initiation

  4. Self Awareness

  5. Working Memory

  6. Planning and Prioritizing

  7. Flexible Thinking

  8. Organization