Services and Programs

Scholarship Consulting Services

News outlets over the past few months have been concentrating on the rising cost of college tuition. Over the last two decades, tuition has risen 439% — much more than healthcare or energy costs.

This provlem is more critical for some than others. Many of our districts are in depressed and economically disadvantaged areas, having seen jobs disappear. In some elementary schools, 50% of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program. This, of course, transcends into the high school with students and families struggling to meet daily needs. Going to college becomes and unfulfilled dream for most families.

Through the Scholarship Consulting Services program Intermediate Unit 1 can provide opportunities and options so that students and parents can make an informed choice when selecting a college that meets all the needs of the student, including the academic program that is best for the student, the financial aid offered, and campus compatibility.

Our program will help parents complete and submit financial aid forms and give resources and advice to better understand and navigate the college admissions process. We will answer questions, address concerns, and provide information that will enable parents to feel more confident about the somewhat confusing and frustrating college admissions and financial aid process.

Benefits are served for all students, not just those at the top of the class.

Service Packages

IU1 offers four levels of service packages. Each package consists of:

  • Selecting and being accepted to the right college
  • Matching quality education with value
  • Overview of the financial aid process
  • Essay critique
  • Parent Resource Packet
  • Assisting and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Advocacy with colleges, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), and other agencies
Package Description Cost
Level I One meeting by appointment plus four hours of email and Skype $330
Level II Two meetings by appointment plus six hours of email and Skype $770
Level III Four meetings by appointment plus ten hours total of email and Skype $1,320
The Help Resource Guide Reference manual on information about grants, loans, and and overview of FAFSA and CSS profile. Telephone numbers and websites are included. $130

For More Information

For more information on the Scholarship Consulting Services we offer, please contact:

Kristy Smydo
724-938-3241 ext. 209