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UnColleged BLOG

for Parents, Rich Aunties, Fly Uncles, Jazzy Grandparents, Corporate Bosses.  An UnCollege is our personal definition of how college prep can change lives for students with intentions of going to college. The adults in their life play more of a role than they believe, therefore, understanding the college application is just as important for them. 

College Prep is.....

Financial Literacy

Mental Health

Academic Success

 for Everyone! 

Three Reasons High School Students Don't Complete Scholarships

February 1, 2023

Last month marked the unofficial start of Scholarship Season. There will be thousands of scholarship opportunities for high school seniors starting in January and wrapping up in May. According to Think Impact, there is around five billion dollars available in private merit-based scholarships, over five billion for need based scholarships, and over three billion for student athletes. Yet, in 2020, 58% of families used scholarships to help pay for college. Why are high school students not applying for scholarships?

Here we go!

1) They Don't Know How to Start.

With anything new, you need someone to show you once and practice. The illustration that we tell high school students to start applying for scholarships with no assistance. We would never tell them to get in a car and start driving. Why would we do the same thing, when it comes to scholarship application assistance?

2) It's Time Consuming.

Have you applied for a scholarship lately? There is typically an essay requirement, which halts a lot of high school students. On top of the academic rigor of their honor classes, extra-curricular activities, part-time job, home life, and much more, writing an essay gets forgotten or submitted at the last minute. Not to mention no one is holding them accountable.

3) They Don't See the Benefit. 

To break this down mathematically, If a high school student applied for 100 scholarships. In this profession, we advise that they may only receive 10%, that is not guaranteed. Some high school students do not like those odds and prefer student loans. 

At PreCollege Solutions, we work to help high school students seek other opportunities. such as dual credit, CLEP, and our signature product "Scholarship Subscription". Scholarship Subscription is a bi-weekly customized scholarship list for high school seniors that maximize scholarship opportunities, saves time on scholarship searches, and eliminates fraudulent scholarships. We also recommend Scholarship Application Assistance Workshops, especially for high school seniors who are serious about applying for scholarships. 
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~Happy Scholarship Season~

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Student-Athlete Hopeful.......

January 18, 2023

Two weeks ago, I had a consultation with a high school junior and his family. The high school junior has high intentions to be a college athlete and play for a top Division I ranked university. During the consultation, I asked for his gpa. He hesitated, but his grandparent shouted 1.7. To maintain professionally, I asked was this a weighted or unweighted gpa. The response was weighted. I begin to firmly ask the family has any of them read the NCAA Student Athlete Eligibility regulations for recruiting high school students. The response was no. I explain the gpa and recruitment process. He got upset and exited the consultation. The family apologized and stated that he was upset.  He said, "I WAS CRUSHING HIS DREAMS." "Crushing his dreams" I thought. His gpa crushed his dreams. Not taking his academics seriously crushed his dreams. 

In this blog, here is three to-do's a parent/guardian should do if your child is interested in being a Collegiate Student-Athlete.

1) Read the NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility Regulations & create your child an account. There is a cost associated with the account creation.

2) Focus on Academics. Most high school students forget that you still have to apply for these universities. Being an amazing student-athlete will not guarantee you automatic college acceptance. Therefore, grades and test scores are very important. Please remember collegiate athletes need to obtain certain gpa for their scholarship and to play. Creating a mindset that values education is key. 

3) Community Service. Volunteering humbles a winner's heart.  Have you ever noticed that all sports have recognize their players who are heavily involved in philanthropy. There is a true connection between sports and service.

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What is College Readiness?

January 4, 2023

As a College Prep Coach, one of the most frequently asked questions I received is "What should I be doing to get my child ready for college?" Most parents/guardians don't realize how loaded this question and answer can be. It varies on the grade level, academic status, extracurricular activities, college research, test scores, and etc. 

The question that parents/guardians should be asking themselves "Is my child college ready?"

College Readiness is defined as the ability to successfully complete the first year of college.  True college readiness requires understanding the importance of academics and real-world skills such as problem solving, independent thinking.  It is easy for people to conclude that academic success will guarantee the same success in college. This can be untrue in most cases. A certain skillset such as resilience, self-motivation, and grit has to be internally invested in our youth. As a seasoned college prep coach, I witnessed college students lack the ability to problem solve or magically believe situations will work out positively with minimum effort. The overcome results in no degree and student debt. The job of preparing a youth for college is a combination of family, high school, and the YOUTH. All entities working together in sync can produce more college graduates.

At PreCollege Solutions, we use assist in preparing students academically, financially, and socially, while transforming from a coach role to a mentor role.  Believe it or not, college students still need help especially mentorship. 

PreCollege Solutions will be hosting a Facebook Live on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 5:00pm on the topic of "WHAT IS COLLEGE READINESS & WHAT DO WE DO?"  

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Four Questions NOT to Ask Teens this Holiday Season

December 23, 2022

Christmas is only a couple of days away. As we in-person gather, you will see your teenage son/daughter/niece/nephew/grandchild/godchild/ family friend connected to their device. Although it may feel odd, this is the perfect time to engage them in a conversation.

Let me prerequisite this conversation by saying: this conversation is only for individuals who plan to get to know the teenager in their life.   

Here are four questions NOT to ask them.

1) How is school going?

2) How are your grades?

3) What are your plans after high school?

4) Do you have a little boyfriend/girlfriend?

These questions have become second nature for them to answer because everyone ask them these same questions. I would be shocked if they took their eyes off their phone to respond. 

Here are four questions to engage them in conversation.

1) What was the last show you binged watched? (Insert the last show you binged watched)

2) What was the last college you toured? Well, name me three colleges you would like to tour.

3) How were finals this semester? Which one was the hardest? Why do you think it was so hard?

4) What is your favorite extracurricular or thing you do for fun?

These questions are interludes to more questions and more engagement. You have to build up to the "DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS" to get an authentic answer. We open to answer their questions. 

I hope this helps! 

Happy Holidays from PreCollege Solutions

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What is a College Prep Resolution?

December 7, 2022

Next month millions of people will start making goals, well New Year's Resolution. According to, a New Year's resolution is "a firm decision made on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day to do or refrain from doing something over the course of the coming year". I definitely make New Year's resolutions, I actually call them goals to make them more attainable for me. 

For individuals who live or work with teenagers, I'm proposing this year that you create a College Prep New Year's resolution for them that you both add to your goals this year. College prep does not start junior and senior year of high school, it starts as early as freshman year, if your youth plans to go to college.  

Here is a helpful tip for each high school grade level.

Freshman-Focus on Academics and sign up for Pre-AP/ AP course next school year

Sophomores-Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer

Juniors-Finalize your college choices list and apply for one scholarship

Seniors-Finish applying for colleges by Christmas and obtain campus housing by February.

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Four Tips for Scholarship Foundations & Organizations to Increase Applicant Pool

November 8, 2022

Scholarship season is approaching. Here are four tips for scholarship foundations and organizations to increase their applicant pool.


The number one reason for an incomplete scholarship application is to essay requirement. Why do scholarships have the essay requirement? To a high school senior, this is another essay on top their advanced placement classes, dual credit courses, and college admission essays. My suggestion is to remove the essay requirement and input a scholarship questions with 50 words or less answers or one scholarship question with 50 words or less answer. 


This is the best way to connect to the potential scholarship recipient(s). With our technological advancements, scholarship foundations and organizations can easily conduct an interview anywhere using Skype, Facetime, Zoom or the traditional in-person interview.


Most scoring rubric are bias and lean towards the candidates with the highest academic achievement and/or high financial need. There is a niche population of scholarship seekers, who are NOT in the top 10% of their classes and are NOT low income households that deserve scholarships. Revamp the scoring rubric. 


Please STOP creating scholarship application deadlines in April & May! You are competing with prom, graduation, and finals. You will LOSE. I recommend setting a scholarship deadline late March or June. 

My belief is that scholarships are still paving the way for high school students to attend post-secondary education. I thank you for it! 

What if my SAT/ACT scores are not high enough?

November 16, 2022

Imagine being a high school senior, you are applying for college. Your college of choice has an admission deadline for January 15th. You have all of the required admission documentation, except your SAT or ACT score. You decide to retake the test in early October. You take the SAT or ACT and receive your scores in three weeks (early November). Your SAT or ACT scores didn't improve, so you decide to retake the SAT or ACT again. But you missed the deadline the SAT or ACT registration deadline for November, because you were hoping the test results from October's SAT or ACT would suffice. You decide to register for the December SAT or ACT test. The scores return a couple of days before Christmas and you did not meet SAT or ACT score requirements. What does this student do?

I've watched this scenario play out numerous times for high school seniors. Most high school seniors opt out of finishing their college of choice application and apply to another college with less rigorous admission requirements. Here is my recommendations if a high school senior encounters this scenario.

Always submit the application, even if you believe you will be denied. Submit the application! Some universities have pathway programs. Pathway programs can consist of summer course(s) completion at the university over the summer, being on academic probation during the first semester, or taking a placement test. If you are denied admission, determine if you would like to submit an APPEAL. An appeal is the process of resubmitting your admission application to a college for acceptance, the college will review your admission application with an appeal committee. The student has to request an appeal. There is typically an application/form. Student may be asked to write an appeal statement. Be aware that additional documentation may be requested.

In the end, it's the student who has to determine if the college of their choice is really worth it.