What is financial aid?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Jerome Cole: My name is Jerome Cole; I am the Director of College Counseling at the Edinburg School in Washington D.

    C. I am also the founder of the Cole Educational and Consultant Services; I have a Masters degree in Education and Human Development with specialty in Secondary School Counseling from the George Washington University. For the past seven years I have worked in both public and private school settings, helping students and families, strategies for college. Today I am going to talk about some of the strategies, some of the steps that you and your students should take to determine how you go about selecting a college and then ultimately how you go about being admitted to a college.

    What is Financial Aid?

    Jerome Cole: Financial Aid is just moneys or in different forms, it could loans, it could be grants, it could be scholarships that a college or public or private source would award to a student to finance their education.