Expert offers tips for high school seniors preparing for college during COVID-19


What can already be a stressful time for high school students was recently made more difficult because of COVID-19.

Bethany Schweitzer says the presence of COVID-19 is presenting unique challenges for high school seniors and juniors. The owner of "College Ready", a college planning group, says she’s been inundated with questions from concerned students and parents.

One of the big concerns has always been paying for a college education and Schweitzer says COVID-19 has more parents than ever concerned.

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“I’ve seen some parents have been furloughed and so now all of the sudden what they thought they could afford for college is completely different,” Schweitzer said.

The college planning advisor says there are some things families can do to prepare for that next chapter of higher education financially during this pandemic.

  • Be open and honest with the schools you are considering.
  • Don’t be afraid to call the financial aid office and set up a phone call meeting.
  • Explore your loan, financial aid and scholarship options.

Schweitzer says the key to dealing with the process in a time of uncertainty is flexibility. She says exploring all of the options - whether it involves finances or programs — could make the process a bit easier in this new normal.

“Be flexible in your decision you know it’s all going to work out it not exactly look like what you thought it would.”

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