ESF’s Five-Star Approach to College Planning - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

ESF’s Five-Star Approach to College Planning

Education Services Foundation has identified five key areas of college planning. Our experienced staff is eager to cover each of these touchstones with prospective college students.

1. Vision Development
Our college planning professionals can help students develop a clear vision for their future by:

  • learning about their dreams and aspirations
  • helping them understand the value of an education
  • teaching them how to set goals
  • developing a wise course of action

2. Skills Assessment
Our assessments allow students to make more informed decisions about college and may help students discover untapped potential. Assessments available include:

  • career aptitude survey
  • skills checklist
  • ACT and SAT diagnostic instruments and preparation

3. Career Selection
Many resources are used to assist students with making the pivotal decision of the right career path to follow, including:

  • career interest inventories
  • personality profiles
  • results of skills and aptitude assessments
  • databases linking occupations to careers, including descriptions, education requirements, salary expectations and employment outlook
  • hundreds of career-specific books

4. College Choice
ESF counselors take a long list of variables into consideration when helping a student develop a short list of potential colleges that will be a good fit, such as:

  • location and size (urban, suburban or rural)
  • availability of financial aid
  • selectivity of admissions policies and reputation 
  • type of school (public, private, two-year, four-year, historically black, religious affiliation, etc.)
  • majors and degrees offered
  • special opportunities (honors program, athletics, services for students with disabilities, study abroad programs, fraternities and sororities, etc.)

5. Financial Aid
ESF counselors focus great effort on assisting students with finding responsible ways to pay for their education, encouraging them to seek available sources of free money in the form of grants and scholarships before considering loans, which must be repaid. Our professionals:

  • help students determine the cost of college and how to budget for college expenses
  • educate students about types of financial aid and the application process
  • assist with completion of federal, state and institutional financial aid applications
  • guide students through scholarship searches
  • provide information on student and parent loans

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – Williams Butler Yeats

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