Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 7–9pm
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Have you ever wondered:

  • What a college admissions office looks for in an application?
  • Who reads your child’s application?
  • How much time they actually spend reading it?
  • What makes an application a “YES” as opposed to a “NO”?

The college portion of the panel will consist of a select number of college admissions representatives from a variety of in-state and out-of-state schools. These experts will be asked a series of questions by Marty Gamer, Founder & Principal of DOTS Educational Consulting, which will then be followed by a Q&A period by the audience.

There will also be a segment which addresses financial planning to pay for college. Including a number of investment advisors who will offer strategies to help you pay for your child’s education, reduce college debt (or eliminate it entirely), tax savings benefits of particular strategies, and how proper planning allows you to protect assets and retirements savings. This segment will also have a Q&A period.

This event will be quite different than a typical college fair. Whether you’re just starting on your child’s educational journey or you have a senior who is in the midst of their college selection and application process. You don’t want to miss this invaluable look into the college application, admissions, and funding processes

Earning admission to most top colleges in Texas and across the country can be especially difficult nowadays, as application counts continue to rise and acceptance rates keep declining. The dreams of many qualified students wanting to attend their dream schools are being crushed.

Consider the following:

  • In 2017 the University of Texas at Austin received 51,000 freshman applications compared to 38,000 in 2013. A 38% increase in applications in just four years.
  • Rice University in Houston had 30% more applications this year than last.
  • Texas A&M College Station had 50,000 applications for entering freshman this year.

Here are acceptance rates at some other top public and private institutions:

  • Stanford (5%), Harvard, Yale, Princeton (5%, 6%, 7%), MIT (8%), Rice (15%), Notre Dame (19%), and UT Austin (40%), to mention but a few.
  • Furthermore, Texas students striving for automatic admission to UT Austin now need to be in the top 6% of their high school graduating class rather than the top 7%.

Additionally, have you thought about how you or your child will pay for college when the time comes? The cost of a college education is skyrocketing. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, between January 1989 and January 2016, the cost to attend a university increased nearly eight times (8x) faster than wages did. This means that each successive cohort of college graduates is worse off than the last.

It’s no surprise that student loans now make up the largest chunk of non-housing debt in the U.S. Current student debt is nearly $1.6 trillion (yes trillion) with nearly 45 million adults in debt.

All this highlights how important student preparation and appropriate mentorship can be in successfully navigating the college admissions process, as well as, how critical it is to treat college like an investment.

This event is strictly educational, and there will be no sales pitches allowed, nor will attendees be solicited afterward unless it is initiated by the attendee. A resource table will be available with school view books, investment information, one-sheets, and panel member business cards.

*DOTS Educational Consulting does not endorse any particular schools or investment advisors. It does believe planning for college should begin at the earliest possible opportunity, and years before a student enters high school. Not only will this critical thinking and foresight help your child get into their dream school one day, but it will also make paying for college less formidable. It will allow our children from drowning in student debt as adults, while also protecting a family’s assets and retirement.