20 episodes

I’m Tom Kleese, founder of OnCampus College Planning, and my job is to help your family take positive steps on the journey to an incredible college experience.

Tom Talks College Tom Kleese (Owner of OnCampus College Planning)

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I’m Tom Kleese, founder of OnCampus College Planning, and my job is to help your family take positive steps on the journey to an incredible college experience.

    Episode 22 - 8 Takeaways from 11 Campus Visits

    Episode 22 - 8 Takeaways from 11 Campus Visits

    Just back from my Pacific Northwest Expedition, I have 8 takeaways: time-tested, Tom-tested pro tips for better campus visits and college exploration. Your backup may be a better fit than your top choice.A sunny day on campus is just one sunny day. Comparisons = connections Listen to what they’re saying. Get off campus. Every campus visit is about being a college student. Spend some time now where you’ll spend a lot of time later. Visit early. Visit often.&n...

    • 33 min
    Episode 21 - Pacific Northwest Expedition (or How I Traded My Credit Card Miles for Campus Visits)

    Episode 21 - Pacific Northwest Expedition (or How I Traded My Credit Card Miles for Campus Visits)

    It's been a minute since you've heard from me, and even longer since I've visited any new campuses. Time to kill two birds with one stone on a three-day, eleven college tour of Washington and Oregon. View my itinerary and campus visit wish list in the accompanying blog.

    • 15 min
    Episode 20 - Why Essays Matter

    Episode 20 - Why Essays Matter

    Here's the skinny: Why and how much essays matterEssay myths, misconceptions and harmful half-truthsThe real reasons colleges make you write essaysTwo primary types of essays Two quick tips for every writer

    • 27 min
    Episode 19 - Three Reasons NOT to Freak Out in the College Admissions Process

    Episode 19 - Three Reasons NOT to Freak Out in the College Admissions Process

    When a Mom asks for your help, you better deliver. Here's something parents can share with stressed, panicky students pondering seriously scary college and life decisions.

    • 36 min
    Episode 18 - Estimating College Costs with Net Price Calculators

    Episode 18 - Estimating College Costs with Net Price Calculators

    Part 3 of our College + Money series digs into a tool you can find on (almost) any college website called a Net Price Calculator. The best versions help you estimate merit and need-based aid, and I'll show you how to spot the good, the bad, and the potentially game-changing ones. As with parts 1 and 2, you can access key information on our blog and get an added bonus of "why my fictitious third son is going to Vanderbilt on a sweet deal".

    • 36 min
    Episode 17 - Merit Aid: Your Teen's Best Part-Time Job

    Episode 17 - Merit Aid: Your Teen's Best Part-Time Job

    Merit aid is the best tool you have to reduce the cost of college, and it expands options you didn't know existed. It's also one of the least understood pieces of the college admissions process, so here's a quick introduction into what it is, where to find it, and how to lower costs by turning in your homework. This is part 2 of a 3-part series on College + Money and just like episode 16 "College Costs Simplified", you'll find a condensed version with all links and graphics on our blog.&...

    • 28 min

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⭐️Alyson⭐️ ,

Best podcasts for college info!

Tom is super knowledgeable and his podcasts are full of valuable information! He is clearly an expert and truly knows his stuff and communicates with ease, empathy, humor and sincerity. As a parent of a rising senior, I feel lucky to have these podcasts to listen to and have learned so much of what feels like inside information. Thank you Tom, can’t wait to hear the next one!

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