LD College Placement
The following are frequently asked questions and answers regarding why using our service is an excellent idea for any student with documented learning disabilities who is contemplating going to a college or university after high school. If there is anything you would like to know that is not covered here, please contact us and we will be happy to address any questions you may have.
Q. While your fees are quite reasonable, why should I pay for a college placement service to do what I could possibly do myself?
A. Yes, you can do some of the college and university research yourself, but time is money. You are very busy with your current school work, jobs, and social life. Our college placement service frees you from one more activity that you probably do not have time to complete properly. Searching for the right college or university is very time consuming when done correctly and since you have special needs, the search for a college or university becomes even more critical. We not only have experience in locating the right institution of higher learning that meets your special requirements, we will have done the research necessary to assure the proper match ? student to school. We will have talked to the appropriate people at the colleges or universities recommended to assure the services needed are fully available and not just there to meet some governmental requirement.
Any search process will normally require campus visits in order to talk to appropriate personnel regarding programs and services as well as getting a ?feel? for the college or university campus. Just think of the money you may spend on hotels and travel visiting campuses that have not been thoroughly researched, only to find they do not have the programs and facilities that meet your special needs.
Q. When I do visit colleges or universities, will you help me find the right people to talk to and suggest what I should look for to make my time more productive?
A. Yes, one of our service options provides you with questions to be asked and what to look for on the campus in order to insure an agreeable match ? student to school. We will also provide a suggested list of recommended people and/or departments to contact while on the campus visit or tour.
Q. Isn?t there information on the internet regarding colleges and universities?
A. Yes, there are reams of information on the internet pertaining to colleges and universities. This glut of information is not only time consuming to review, it?s very confusing to someone who is in the initial stages of a college or university search. Our placement service will cull down a list of colleges and universities that have the programs and facilities that will meet your needs. We know what those needs are since you have documented learning disabilities. We will also suggest colleges that meet other requirements such as geography, cost, student to professor ratio, extra curricular activities, sports programs, etc. as defined by your answers to our questionnaire.
Q. Can?t the guidance counselors at my current high school provide me with a list of colleges that meet my needs?
A. Guidance counselors are very busy people who are responsible for many students at any given time. Our service specializes in one focused activity ? finding the proper college or university that has the programs and services that meet your needs. We tailor our search first around your educational needs and second around other requirements you define within our questionnaire.
Q. Can you help me with the actual application process?
A. Yes, one of our placement service options assists you through this process. We will provide a list of appropriate documents necessary to assure placement with the proper special assistance programs offered by the college or university of your choice.
Q. Are there channels through which I can apply for financial aid or grants?
A. Yes, another service option deals with just this question. We can suggest the proper channels through which to apply for financial aid, grants and scholarships. This one service alone could cover the total cost of our service if you are eligible for financial aid, grants or scholarships.
Q. I would like to play an organized sport during my college career, but I do not test well on standardized tests such as the SAT?s or ACT?s due to my learning disabilities and may not meet the NCAA requirements on these test scores. Can you help in this area?
A. Yes, we have experience with the NCAA academic requirements and procedures. The NCAA reviews each case on an individual basis; thus our NCAA service option provides information as to how you may approach them.
We can give you the best chance of finding the proper institution of higher learning which has the programs and services to meet your special needs. However, our service does not guarantee a successful college/university career. A successful college experience comes with hard work, dedication and using the services which your chosen school provides.
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