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A Parent's Guide to Their Child's Future

Get the inside scoop on all things college with Paige – Mom and College Planning Expert.

“As both a college planning professional and a mom of a high schooler who is just about to take the plunge into the collegiate pool, I love and can appreciate the personalized approach we take with each client. We don’t believe in a perfect school solution. It’s not that there’s a “perfect” school out there for your child, but instead we like to find a perfect fit in a great program for each teen. The right fit starts the student off on the right foot, and I love helping families and teens find that fit.”

-Paige Chapman-Layland

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It’s the most important essay of your high schooler’s life–the college essay… and it can make or break your teen’s college applications. No pressure or anything. Right? That’s what we thought. This time is really stressful for your teen. They’re working so hard on their GPA…and they’re putting together an excellent list of activities and experiences. In previous years, the essay was just one small part of the larger college application. But now? It remains uncertain whether or not schools will remain test-optional for the Class of ‘22. If current trends prevail, the college essay will continue to be a…
Do you have a teen who is considering a career in art?  Art colleges in Columbus, Cincinnati, Oxford, Bowling Green and Cleveland are all hosing National Portfolio Day events in September through October. At a National Portfolio Day event, your…
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In an age where we often read about young people making millions on YouTube or hundreds of dollars per Instagram post, it’s only normal for teens and their parents to pause and think: “Do we even need college?” I mean,…
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Like many high school students, Ryan Wright wasn’t sure what he wanted study in college. So, his parents found a local college planning firm to help him explore the right options for him. “I showed up to College Liftoff with…
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By Claire O’Meara We’ve all heard it: the condescending tone of “Oh, you’re going to community college.” Or the occasional whisper, “I thought she was smarter than that.” I heard it so much that I started to believe I wasn’t…
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All week long, College Liftoff is offering our rising seniors college admission help as they apply for colleges using the Common Application. (Read more about the Common App here.) College applications can be daunting for even the most savvy student–and…
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Did you know that college admissions are open now? As we write this, several students are sitting in our office receiving college admissions help as they fill out their Common Apps. The Common App is a college application that can…
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By Nancy Whetstone During the dog days of summer, many families of high school students begin their college search by planning a vacation at a destination that intersects prospective colleges and universities. While tying in a family road trip with…
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It’s bracket season, baby! What’s your strategy this year? If you’re like most of us, you’ll probably pay some attention to the team’s athletic rankings. But since you’re choosing on the fly, you might find yourself picking winners based on…
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In the case of higher education, the degree is an investment which should be able to produce a measurable income worth more than the cost of the degree over a set period of time.…
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