Prepare for College With Us
Riverbend Education Solutions offers three comprehensive packages based on where you stand in the prep, selection, or application process, and a variety of single service options for essay writing and financial costs. As you get ready to apply for colleges, we will work on managing the college search, applications, and supporting final decisions to both public and private universities. With this in mind, these three packages encapsulate each phase of the process throughout high school.
Develop the mindset that “Life is often organized around experiences, not achievements.” We work with underclassmen to focus on social, academic, and extracurricular engagement in high school, not just what do we need to do to get into a college. Together, we will figure out what sparks your interests right now to create a trail map to determine aptitude, skills, and motivation. Over this time, we will determine your long and short-term goals for college preparation. This package starts freshman to fall of sophomore year until June 30 prior to junior year.
Junior Year Package
In this phase, we begin developing the actual college list for juniors and rising seniors. Riverbend Education Solutions will help identify your ideal school list through discussions, surveys, and other tools to create a ‘good match’ college list. This is a great time to prepare for standardized tests, plan college visits, and visualize your high and low chance admission schools. Time may also be spent figuring out college costs, exploring scholarship options, and examining extracurricular interests such as athletics or the arts. We are here to help you get everything figured out so when you are ready to apply to schools, you have a strategic plan. Junior and senior year packages may be combined or separate.
Senior Year Package
Services for the senior package start between June 1 to October 31 of senior year and end after graduation. The focus of the package is to organize personalized student deadlines for completing college applications, financial and scholarship assistance, and taking time to write successful college admissions essays. These sessions provide ample one-on-one time with students and families, as well as, access to various college search and application resources. Investing in the comprehensive package allows students and parents to ask questions at any time, and expect thoroughly researched answers.
Single Service Options
The Essay Package
During the summer before, and into the fall semester of your senior year, we will organize and plan for application and scholarship essays. This package includes a 90 -minute introductory session to find your best story for your essay by brainstorming content and identifying essay structure. Then we will draft, proofread, and refine essays and personal statements for an additional six hours. This package is offered from April 1 to December 31 of senior year.
Cost of College Package
This service is for families with students in grades eight to those entering the senior year of high school. We will look at various formulas such as the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance (COA), and some schools Net Price Calculators (NPC) to help determine what the predicted year-to-year cost of college will look. From the information gathered, we can create a plan of action to meet any possible financial needs through merit aid, need-based aid, and other grants and scholarships.
Hourly services – We do offer services listed above at $80/hour for families who have more specific and limited needs.