High School Support
Bottom Line counselors are dedicated to providing the best individual college counseling services. We understand that applying to college can be overwhelming, but the one-on-one counseling that we provide will give you the time and attention you need to navigate this process.
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Helpful Documents and Links
- Research Colleges
- View Admissions Scatter Plots
- Register for the SAT
- Register for the ACT
- Register for the TOEFL
- Fill Out the Common App
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Apply for Scholarships
FAQs - Get In Services
Our counselors help you decide what you are looking for in a college and guide you through preparation of a "Beginning List" of schools that match your interests. Typical first lists include 15 to 20 colleges.
Your counselor will guide you through an intensive research process, pushing you to take responsibility for learning about your college options. You will learn where to get good information, what to look for, and how to determine if a school is good match for you.
Our staff is able to offer feedback on college research and help you come up with a "Top Ten List" that offers responsible options and ensures that you have at least one "safety" school and one affordable school on your list.
Bottom Line has many years of college admissions experience, so we are able to provide reliable and realistic feedback on college lists. We are up-front and honest. We tell you what your admission chances are at all schools on your list.
You will learn to identify and organize all the tasks involved in completing college applications; requesting applications, setting personal deadlines, getting recommendations, requesting fee waivers, writing & editing essays, filling out forms, visiting colleges, registering for and sending test scores, and more.
Bottom Line will assist you with the most intimidating part of the application: brainstorming a good essay topic and outlining an essay is crucial for a successful application experience.
We work with you to revise a rough draft of the application essay. Our revision work focuses on improving the essay organization, content, and writing style. Success here leads to an improved second draft of the essay.
This is the final piece of completing your college essay. Finishing touches focus on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. All final drafts are reviewed carefully before getting the Bottom Line "stamp of approval."
Bottom Line reviews each school's application with you, helps you complete application forms, compile application inserts, and submit applications to colleges. We will help you complete and mail all of your applications by January 1st.
Bottom Line has many connections to colleges throughout New England that waive the fee for Bottom Line participants, so depending on which schools you apply to, you may not have to pay the college application fees.
You will learn how to identify opportunities, request applications, and apply for scholarships. You also have access to Bottom Line's Scholarship Guide and numerous other scholarship resources.
Bottom Line acts as an advocate for you throughout the admission process. Your counselor provides assistance with lining up campus visits to schools throughout the state, region, and country. If necessary, we will prepare you for and arrange admission or alumni interviews.
Your counselor will help you get ready early for the overwhelming financial aid process. We will help you gather the correct tax forms, register for a Federal Personal Identification Number, create a financial aid timeline, register for the CSS Profile if necessary, and identify which colleges on their list require special financial aid forms.
Bottom Line helps you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to school deadlines. Completing this application early and accurately is the key to getting financial aid from the government for college.
If necessary, we will help you complete a private school financial aid application called the CSS Profile. While this application is only required by small percentage of schools, it is complicated and can be confusing.
Our staff ensures that you complete necessary school-specific financial aid forms. Bottom Line knows which schools require additional forms and helps students complete them in a timely manner.
Bottom Line helps you deal with the paperwork that financial aid offices require before distributing financial resources. We will help you update tax information, complete verification forms, write appeal letters, and complete all necessary paperwork to ensure that you will qualify for as much financial assistance as possible.
Once you get accepted to colleges, your counselor will review, explain, and compare financial aid packages from your schools. This process helps you understand which schools are most affordable.
You will get accepted to college! In fact you will probably have several to choose from. We will give you advice about which college is the right choice. When you decide, your counselor will help send in enrollment & housing deposits, and register for orientation programs.