The search for merit aid begins with the proper valuation of a college degree

“Do you help with scholarships?” is often one of the first questions that parents ask me. Fearful of the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, they (mis)perceive a college education as a large purchase, rather than an investment

To invest in a college education, both institution and family mutually consent to a partnership. Yet, in any partnership, both parties must first understand their respective strengths in order to imagine how they’ll complement and underpin one another. 

Students, through the rigorous self-reflection inherent in the college application process, will naturally inventory their strengths and clarify their aptitude defining guideposts for applying to colleges where they’ll most likely further discover a talent or ability. 

Finally, students and families forecast the costs associated as well as the potential benefits—both quantifiable and intangible, for each college to which they were accepted. Thus, families are now doing the work of investing, rather than simply “purchasing” a degree. 

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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