Your College Admissions and Financial Aid Resource Guide

Welcome to the Grown and Flown College Resources Guide. This page is a place for members of the College Admissions: Grown and Flown members to find all of the resources our admissions experts have shared with them during weekly LIVE sessions. We made the resource guide public and added extra information, because this is such useful information, and we wanted to share it with everyone. If you are looking to work with college admissions and affordability experts, knowledgable guides who can answer all of your questions, please considering joining us.


College admissions timelines, what to do when

Each student is different and their goals and progress are as well. We don’t think any of these checklists/timelines work for every teen, but here are some of the best for you to pick and choose.

Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy, walks you through all 4 years of high school 

Khan Academy timeline with more focus on junior and senior year 


Paying for college, only your house cost more

Paying for college is a highly complex and every other week Jeff Levy works with our membership to pick apart this intricate and essential part of the process. 

Which colleges are generous with financial and merit aid (a downloadable, sortable guide to over 300 colleges) 

Important upcoming changes to the FAFSA

Places to look for scholarships: Cappex, Fastweb, Unigo

Locating Expected Family Contribution (on each college’s website) and The College Board EFC calculator

A quick guide to student loans

How to appeal a financial aid award (and yes you can)

Researching colleges, its all about finding fit


Making a college list


Applying, where it all comes together

Early decision and regular decision acceptance rates


Visiting campus, the rubber meets the road


Applying with Learning Differences

Autism in college information hub


The Essays, where teens really shine


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Prepping your teen for college is tough — and helping them apply and find financial aid can be challenging.

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We created this service because parents tell us of their frustration in sorting through conflicting information and getting answers to their specific questions from reliable sources. Searching the internet for answers is overwhelming and time consuming and they don’t know who to trust.

  • Answers to all your questions about FAFSA, CSS, Merit Aid, and EFC
  • Test prep strategies proven to make your student more confident
  • Guidance on developing your student’s college list
  • A step-by-step guide to completing the Common App
  • Advice on your student’s personal statement and supplemental essays
  • Breaking news straight from college admissions offices
  • Facebook Live events happening all week
  • Quick, personal responses as you need them
  • On-demand video and resource library of exclusive insight, information, and advice
  • Trusted recommendations provided by top admissions experts


Our experts have specific knowledge of merit aid, financial aid, testing, accessibility, LD, college fit, essays, admission strategies, highly selective admissions, and more. They will share their insights in conversation with you during office hours, Facebook Lives, and posts. Every week we have full schedule of topics and if you miss office hours or a Live Q&A the recording will be in the group for viewing later.