The Aggressive Plan
Get aggressive savings and tons of perks with a plan name that tells it all.
About the Aggressive Plan
Welcome to the Aggressive Plan. This plan is recommended for students (and their families) that desire an aggressive approach to college preparation. It is strongly recommended that if a student is in the 11th grade in high school or above, they should be on this plan. It is highly recommended because at this stage the student must be performing at a college readiness level and the student's family may not have much saved for college and if that being the case, time is not on their side. CPS will guide families with the areas below:
For the 11th grader (Class of 2019) on the CPS program, it is important that you (and your families ) know to take the PSAT/NMSQT this year because it ONLY counts THIS YEAR to qualify YOU for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Register for and take exams and practice test for college admissions. The test that many colleges require consist of the SAT Subjects Tests and the ACT. Register for all tests in advance and be sure to give yourself time to prepare appropriately! If you have difficulty paying a registration fee, this will be addressed within your plan. (if you are not in the CPS program see your school counselor about getting a fee waiver).
Talk to your child about the schools he or she is considering. Ask them why those schools appeal to them.
Talk to your child about college majors, in-state or out-of-state schools along with his or her goals and priorities.
Attend college fairs with your child, but don't take over the conversation with college representatives. Listen, and see what your child is thinking about along this process.
Look at your financial situation, and be sure you're on the right track to pay for college. Remember you are the EFC.
For the 12th grader on the CPS program, we will provide guidance in reminding him or her that it is important to work hard all year- second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.
Stay involved in after school activities, and seek leadership roles if possible. (Your representative/ mentor will discuss Typical vs Atypical with you).
Connect with your guidance counselor to make sure that you are on track to graduate. Also register if you haven't already, take the SAT/ ACT test. Apply to colleges you have chosen because most of them will request that we send your scholarships directly to their financial aid departments. Monies that you have accumulated within our program will go directly to you!
Make sure your child's personal information is safe when he or she applies for financial aid.
College Planning Services (CPS) will provide you with information on how to "optimize" your FAFSA and how to get your federal income tax credits for education expenses. (800) 811-4546 Ext. 14
Our representatives can let you know about your current scholarships and funding that you have accumulated in our program.
Current College Students
*Special Note for High School Seniors (class of 2018) and Current College Students you may begin completing your FAFSA early this year on October 1st, 2016!
FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18
On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:
Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
*Students on this plan may be eligible for a care package. Often students are away from home and fall on hard times, so as a courtesy of College Planning Services we may send them a care package as a way of saying thank you for using our services and we hope that things get better for you soon.
*Students on this plan may be eligible for funding in case of an emergency (Assistance with travel home, transportation, etc).