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As a parent, I know the frustration of providing guidance, insight, information, or directions over and over, and over again. But I’m not your father and yet, I still feel the need to repeat myself.

 

Ask the right questions when you interview colleges, professional or trade schools or any other form of higher education. Let me say that one more time: IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

 

Too many schools make this a one-sided process. They ask, you answer, they decide. What a quaint, outdated concept.

 

Here in the 21st Century, you have the tools and resources to know what you are getting into. Does what they offer in terms of areas of study meet your professional goals? How applicable are those programs in the real world? How are their graduates are doing two, three, ten years out — in terms of advancement AND earnings? And, are graduates current on their student loans?

 

Once more time for emphasis: ARE GRADUATES OF YOUR SCHOOL CURRENT ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS?

 

If you cannot get a definitive answer to all those questions, please, very politely, say ‘Thanks but I think it’s time to go.’ And move on.

 

Which is why we’ve built both www.WhatsBestforMe.com and www.BestValueColleges.org.

 

www.WhatsBestforyou.com gives you the power to register and tell schools what you want to study, if you will need financial aid and other benefits and if you have other benefits (GI Bill) or needs (faith-based programs).

 

www,BestValueColleges.org tells you all about the qualities of a relatively small but impressive group of colleges. The site details the VALUE (not values) of the education offered…value in terms of cost, education, graduation rate, student feedback and quality of life; all assessed by folks who have done this for decades. Schools that make the www.BestValueColleges.org list are NOT ranked, like some of the other sites you have heard of; rather they are acknowledged and awarded. You cannot purchase a Best Value College designation and the information about each school cannot be manipulated to impact their standing.

 

In both cases, the schools that are part of our platform will clearly and honestly answer these questions. It’s just one of the ways that we look out for you.

 

So, all together now, before the bell rings: IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS and ARE GRADUATES OF YOUR SCHOOL CURRENT ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS.

 

I am happy to repeat myself any time any of you forget.