December College Admission and Financial Aid Classes Hosted by

Popp & Associates and Needham Community Education

Featuring Mindy Popp, Founder and Principal College Counselor, and Tom Walsh, Athletic Counselor,

from P&A

and Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning, Education and Training at MEFA

Save the Dates!

December 4

December 6


We are excited to offer two classes next week for families including “College Funding Strategies” on Monday, December 4 with Mindy Popp and Julie Shields-Rutyna from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) and “College Athletic Recruitment 101” on Wednesday, December 6 with Mindy Popp and Tom Walsh.

Please note the “College Funding Strategies” class on December 4 is FREE. Parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the classes and to register, please see below:

College Funding Strategies

Monday • December 4, 2023 • 7:00 – 9:00 PM • Free Virtual Class

Funding a college education takes a multi-pronged approach. Aside from saving money or investing it in a 529 plan, there are other strategies and resources that are beneficial. In addition, there is need-based financial aid, as well as merit aid and tuition discounts awarded by colleges. You’ll learn about how to make a plan for financing college including how and why to save, what types of financial aid are available and how to apply, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid offers. Register Here.

College Athletic Recruitment 101

Wednesday • December 6, 2023 • 7:00 – 8:30 PM • $25 (Virtual Class)

The session seeks to provide a general overview of the college athletic recruitment process for qualified student-athletes. Although each sport has its own nuances, there are some standards that apply across the spectrum of collegiate sports when it comes to recruitment. From honest self-assessment to discerning the appropriate level of competition to the preferred timeline for outreach to ultimately making a commitment to a college coach and program, we will guide interested families through the ins and outs, as well as the do’s and don’ts, of this significant element of the college admission landscape. We look forward to dispensing knowledge, dispelling myths, and delivering an insightful, informative program, including ample time for Q&A from the participants. Register Here.

If you have any questions about the classes, please feel free to be in touch. To read more from our November newsletter, please visit this website.

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