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News about the College Advisor of New York, College presentations by New York’s College Counselors

January 4th College Planning Program

Date:  Saturday, January 4, 2014

Time:  10:30 am – Noon

Where:  Schenectady County Public Library (Clinton Street)

For:  Parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students

Cost:  NONE!

The program is sponsored by Watson, Peterson and Company, CPA’s.  Learn the following from Dr. Skarlis:

  • Why college admissions is dramatically more competitive than it was 10 years ago.
  • The top 5 factors colleges consider when deciding which students to admit
  • How to maximize scholarships
  • Which financial aid formula does your college use to calculate your ability to pay
  • Strategies to cut the cost of college
  • The “Rule of 7” – helping families make sound college decisio

To Register:  Contact Sue Alexson at:

Tuesday, November 19 – College Planning Program

See Dr. Skarlis speak in Saratoga Springs this week!  In conjunction with Edward Jones, Dr. Skarlis will discuss college planning for parents with students of all ages at Longfellows Restaurant.  The program will begin at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 19.  

RSVP today: Joanne Hemstreet at 518-383-1356 or 

September 10 Key For Women College Planning Program

Come to the KeyBank branch on Wolf Road on Tuesday, September 10 at Noon to hear Dr. Dean Skarlis discuss tips for college planning and affordability.  The talk, entitled, “Finding the Right College At The Right Price” is designed for parents of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, and will include practical tips on finding, selecting, gaining admission to and paying for college.  RSVP by Monday, September 9 to Debra Hall at 518-257-8749 or call (518) 512-3021 for more information.

College Planning For Parents

Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Planning for Your Children – College and Beyond

Presenters: Dr. Dean Skarlis and Lou Pierro

Most parents share the concern that their children be raised with solid core values, and receive the best education possible. Saving for college, using 529 plans, qualifying for financial aid and loans and gifting to children and grandchildren are often the focus of education planning, and rightly so.  But what if the unexpected happens?  Do you have a plan that will appoint Guardians of minor children who will carry out your vision and values?  Will your son or daughter be prepared for college?  Will they find the school that is the best fit for them, and will there be enough money to ensure they attend their school of choice? What about after college – does your estate plan protect family assets from your children’s creditors, bankruptcy and divorcing spouses?  This session will be hosted by the Pierro Law Group, LLC.  Participants will learn concrete steps that lead to a secure future for your children, and peace of mind for parents.

Program: 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Refreshments Served

Location: 43 British American Blvd., Latham, NY 12110

Cost: Free – But Seating is Limited – Reserve Early

Registration: Call 518-459-2100, or email

March 4 Program – Sylvan Learning Center – Clifton Park, NY

Getting Into College:  The Right Fit At The Right Price 

Monday, March 4, 7 pm – 8pm at the Sylvan Learning Center – 10 Maxwell Drive, Clifton Park, NY. – Call 512-3021 for more information.

Hear Dr. Skarlis discuss:

The top 5 factors colleges consider in admissions

Which financial aid formulas are used to calculate your ability to pay

How to maximize academic and merit scholarships

College testing timetables, important deadlines

Making the most of college visits

SAT Diagnostic Workshops For Juniors

Reminder for our juniors:  Remember to register for our SAT Diagnostic Exam on either Saturday, December 1 or Saturday, January 5!  Both will be held here at our offices – 18 Corporate Woods Blvd.  You will take an actual practice SAT exam under real conditions, and then receive a detailed score report with specific diagnostic results to help you target your test prep options.  See you there!

CAPCOM College Admissions Workshop – Finding The Right College At The Right Price

What:   Workshop for high school seniors and their parents – Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Dean Skarlis

When:   Tuesday, October 2 at 6:15 to 8:30 pm

Where:  Century House Restaurant – Route 9 – Latham

Register Online at: