College Choice Guidance

Andy Erickson

Welcome to College Choice Guidance on SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

How to Use This Course

Andy Erickson, president of CollegeTicket and a homeschool father of three, is presenting a class through SchoolhouseTeachers.com to help you help your high school student choose a college and earn scholarships to help them along their chosen career path. Andy knows what he is talking about; his youngest just went to college with offers from Villanova and Wofford among others, with over $400,000 in scholarships. In this class, the student and family will explore topics such as choosing a college, financial aid and key deadlines, taking the SAT and ACT, and finding and exploring their options. The best time to start this course is when your student is a freshman in high school, but even as a junior it is not too late, there will just be a little more hustling to get everything done in time. This course is best taken according to the month you are starting the lessons, as that will help you and your student to know what is required in that month. If you are unsure of where to start this course, please email Customer Service.

Course Details

Course Introduction

Getting into great colleges with scholarships isn’t rocket science, but it does take some hard work and knowing what to do to differentiate yourself from the other 3,000,000 students applying for college each year. Most students won’t go through the effort to figure out what to do, and in the public and private schools, the guidance counselors aren’t much help. The student-to-guidance counselor ratio averages 470:1, and the average high school student gets about an hour with a counselor as they put their college application together. There isn’t any opportunity to get strategic and tactical planning advice to help these students really stand out.

You have an opportunity to take advantage of these dynamics as I help you act as your child’s guidance counselor. I’ll walk you through the process of planning and creating an exceptional college application. In addition to the four-year student planning guide that you can walk through at your own pace, I’ll be providing guidance twice a month to explain the process and point you to the resources you’ll need to be aware of to create a compelling application.

Ideally, you’ll start working with this information during your child’s freshman year to create the strongest application. If your child is a sophomore or junior, it’s certainly not too late, but juniors especially will have some scrambling to do to plug any gaps.

I’ve also developed a platform called CollegeTicket that provides families with all the tools they need to support this process. Please don’t feel any pressure to purchase CollegeTicket. I’ll help you do this without the tools. In the lessons I will point out where CollegeTicket will help you with the process if you do choose to use it.

Personally, I’m a home school father of three daughters. We’ve home schooled from pre-K through the high school senior year. My oldest was accepted to Villanova and Wofford with $400,000 in scholarships. You’ll find me and CollegeTicket at some of the regional home school conventions. Please stop by and say hello.

And in the spirit of James, I urge you to not simply read through the lessons and walk away without doing anything. Do what I’m directing students and parents to do. If you do, and your child is a good student, you will figure out the best-fit colleges for them and quite possibly earn substantial scholarship money along the way.

Welcome! I look forward to working with you and hearing your success stories. You can reach me at andy@college-ticket.com. Feel free to send me your success stories, feedback, or questions I may be able to address in future lessons.

Components

Bi-monthly lessons walk high school students and their parents through the process of choosing a college, applying for financial aid, and attending college. Material for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and parents is provided.

Length

The course is designed to take students and their parents through four years of preparation; new lessons post every two weeks

Ages/Grades

High school

Transcript Information

This is a supplementary, non-credit course.

Download a Preview

For a preview, you can view the application checklist here. For a sample from the freshmen track, click here (separate tracks are provided for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors).

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Andy Erickson HeadshotAndy Erickson serves as the president of CollegeTicket, a company devoted to getting students into great colleges with scholarships. Andy is a college admissions expert with specialized knowledge of the homeschool market. Let him show you how to get into great schools and earn scholarships that make even the elite private schools cost less than the big public universities. The father of three homeschooled daughters from preschool through high school, Andy recently sent his oldest off to college where she fielded offers from Villanova and Wofford among others—with over $400,000 in scholarships.

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