Being a parent of a high school teenager is not easy. Children don't always come to us for advice about high school academics or college planning in part because they don't think we have kept up with all the changes in the world of higher education.
Meanwhile, with more and more students applying to top colleges in the US, it is becoming increasingly harder to get in. And college costs continue to rise.
This is why we published two easy-to-follow video courses on Udemy which give students a leg up on all things college. Learn what elite colleges look for and how to systematically develop a plan to help increase a student's odds of admission. And learn about every aspect of college financial planning, including various tips to lower college costs of attendance.
The course developer is also our lead counselor, Rajkamal Rao - an expert on higher education. A more expanded version of both courses is already live and has been offered to high school students in the State of Washington since January, 2018.
In March 2020, his submission, "School to College," won approval from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as an innovative course for the 2020-21 school year, valid for three years. Any school district in Texas can offer this course because it has its own PEIMS code (N1130029). [Every course taught in Texas schools must have its own unique PEIMS identifier]. For the official course page, please click here.
- Financial Planning for College - 2½ hours of video lessons
(Use Coupon Code: RAOADVISORS.COM-0402 to get this course for just $9.99 or Click Here. Offer expires Apr 7, 2020).
- High School to College - 2½ hours of video lessons
(Use Coupon Code: RAOADVISORS.COM-0402 to get this course for just $9.99, or Click Here. Offer expires Apr 7, 2020).
Both courses offer a 30-day 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked. It's like having your own virtual private counselor at home for life because once you pay for a Udemy course the license never expires. Udemy courses may be accessed from several different devices and platforms, including a desktop/laptop, Android app, iOS app, and Apple TV app. Udemy courses are entirely on-demand, which means that you can enroll in the courses that interest you and learn at your own pace.
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR COLLEGE
(Free preview of Lesson 6. Total video lessons: 18)
- Lecture 1: College Isn't Worth It!
- Lecture 2: College Is Worth It
- Lecture 3: Introduction to Return on Investment
- Lecture 4: Introduction to College
- Lecture 5: How Colleges Work Behind The Scenes
- Lecture 6: Credits as Currency
- Lecture 7: Costs of Attendance
- Lecture 8: Take Dual Credits, AP or IB courses to earn college credits in high school
- Lecture 9: Exploit Articulation Agreements Between 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges
- Lecture 10: Other Ways to Lower College Costs
- Lecture 11: Earnings Table and ROI Modeling
- Lecture 12: More ROI Models
- Lecture 13: Applying ROI Modeling to Careers: Veterinarian and Nuclear Engineer
- Lecture 14: Paying for College
- Lecture 15: Free Money for College
- Lecture 16: Borrowing for College (plus a downloadable guide to FAFSA)
- Lecture 17: Loan Repayment Tips
|Financial Planning for College, 18 video lessons, 2½ hours|
HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE
(Free preview of Lesson 11. Total video lessons: 27)
- Lecture 1: Introduction
- Lecture 2: A Vote For College
- Lecture 3: Introduction to College
- Lecture 4: Elite Colleges & Universities
- Lecture 5: Selectivity and Yield
- Lecture 6: Credit Hour Math
- Lecture 7: What is your brand?
- Lecture 8: Interest Profiler
- Lecture 9: Basic Career Research
- Lecture 10: Finding Hot Careers
- Lecture 11: What Colleges Look For (Click here for full preview or view below)
- Lecture 12: All About Grades
- Lecture 13: Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
- Lecture 14: The International Baccalaureate Program
- Lecture 15: All About College Prep Tests
- Lecture 16: All About Essays
- Lecture 17: Guaranteed College Admissions
- Lecture 18: High School Recommendations
- Lecture 19: Student Demonstrated Interest
- Lecture 20: Early Decision & Early Action
- Lecture 21: Extracurricular Activities and Portfolios
- Lecture 22: Miscellenous Factors
- Lecture 23: College Admission Timelines
- Lecture 24: College Rankings
- Lecture 25: Outcome Based College Selection
- Lecture 26: Estimating Chances of Getting In
- Lecture 27: Applying to Colleges
|High School to College, 28 video lessons, 2½ hours|