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Partners For Achievement Headquarters

1 Mid America Plaza

1st Floor

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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This 90-minute workshop is designed to educate families about the best practices and key deadlines of the college planning process by covering the following topics and questions:

Step I: Admissions

  • What do colleges look for? How do you enhance your child's positioning?

  • How do you create a good school list, and why is this one of the most important aspects of the college planning process?

  • What goes into writing a great essay and submitting a strong application?

Step II: Paying for College

  • What are your options (e.g. savings, loans, or scholarships), and how do you minimize your potential out-of-pocket costs?

  • How is your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) determined on FAFSA? What other forms need to be completed?

  • How does the financial aid process really work?

  • How do you evaluate your financial aid award packages, and can you appeal them to try to get more money from the schools?

Step III: Career Planning

  • How will your child make a smooth transition from high school to prepare for academic success in college?

  • Which strategies will help your child build a solid resume and land a good internship?

  • What skills and experience does your child need to secure a job when they graduate?

This workshop will be led by Jonathan Dela Cruz, who has 20 years of higher education experience. He’s held university positions in admissions, student loans, and recruitment at the University of Chicago, Seton Hall, and Elmhurst College. In addition Jonathan has extensive finance experience at Sallie Mae and Chase Education Finance Group.

What Families Are Saying About PFA’s Workshop…

“Heard some topics and insights that I have not heard from other college preparation workshops.”

“Great presentation. Useful for ‘first-timers.’ Mr. Dela Cruz was knowledgeable and provided excellent resources for both parents and students.”

“Excellent! Informative and realistic. Helped explain aspects of the college process that I was unaware of.”

“Mr. Krebs did a great job! He was very personable. His knowledge of the entire process is impressive!”

“Very informative. I especially like the information about GPA correlation and scholarships / financial aid.”

“I really enjoyed all of the information about your S.A.F.E. schools and I now am considering making a list of mine. I also enjoyed all of the merit and scholarship information.”

“I like how you explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. The S.A.F.E. acronym that you used to choose colleges was also very helpful. I now know what to research and what questions I should ask the college reps at the college fairs.”

“It was a very eye opening experience!”

“The workshop really helped me to further understand college acceptance procedures and what I need to keep in mind when applying.”

More About Partners For Achievement

Founded in 2012 by Northwestern University graduate Kevin Krebs, PFA’s mission is to help families successfully navigate this often confusing and intimidating process. Based in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, we currently assist more than 500 students with their college & career planning. We provide parents and students with expert college admissions, application and financial aid guidance through our free education workshops, family consultations and college planning services.

Partners For Achievement

1 Mid America Plaza #1010

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


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