#082 Facing the Unexpected: How to Get to College During Tough Times with Wendy Briley

In this episode, Lisa and Wendy discuss:

  • What are the types of unexpected circumstances that may derail college planning?
  • When facing unexpected family challenges during the college-bound process, what does (and doesn’t) change.
  • Identifying support for your student when the unexpected strikes your family. 
  • Building a well-balanced college list that fits your student’s circumstances (both current and possible). 
  • Being proactive, preparing documents, and tracking appropriate financials. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Many people in your student’s sphere of influence can assist your student, often free of charge, to make their college goals happen when circumstances change. 
  • Share what you are going through – people will step up, on your behalf, to point you and your student in the right direction. 
  • No matter what happens, you want your student to have options. 
  • Look at staying within the budget. As parents, don’t co-sign loans – you need to be able to take care of your own financials and retirement. 


“The more proactive you are, it serves you better. There’s a lot of things colleges can do that we don’t necessarily know about until we have reached out.” – Wendy Briley


About Wendy Briley:

Wendy is an Independent Educational Consultant who has been in private practice for 7 years. In 2019 she founded the nonprofit organization College Consultants Care which provides free college application assistance to students affected by cancer. 


Episode References:

  • #046 How to Recession Proof Your College Bound Journey



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Website: https://collegeconsultantscare.org/ 


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