Unlike Typical College Prep Businesses, Our Franchisees Offer a Full Range of Year-Round Services
Class 101 professional college planners go above and beyond the typical college preparation scenario — which is often a last-minute rush to find a good college at a good price. Our proven methods advocate starting the college planning process early, typically during a student’s sophomore year of high school, and we carefully map out a successful path through organized campus tours, college resume preparation and financial aid application assistance.
Class 101 addresses every step associated with the application experience: filling out forms, passing entrance exams, tutoring and improving grades — even selecting the right college and navigating FAFSA (the federal student aid application). We offer a very fulfilling business opportunity in an industry that is in high demand nationwide.
“This is truly an emotionally fulfilling business,” says Karen Feamster, a former corporate auditor and current franchise owner in Franklin, Tennessee. “When I was helping my own daughters through the maze-like conundrum that is the college application process, I realized that I had a knack for it, while my friends were feeling overwhelmed. It was amazing to discover that I could do this full time and reap so many benefits.”
Class 101 national college planning franchise helps high school students get into better colleges and qualify for higher amounts of scholarships and financial aid. The college application process is complicated and stressful, resulting in students who get very little, or zero, financial aid and who often end up at the wrong school. Class 101 addresses this need by meeting one-on-one with students throughout the year. The results are phenomenal. Class 101 students apply to 10 schools on average and receive more than $160,000 in scholarships and aid, much more than the average U.S. high school student who applies to a handful of schools and receives about $20,000 in scholarships and aid. They also earn improved ACT and SAT scores and higher GPAs.
The college application process is vastly different from when today’s parents went through the process; today’s busy families need help managing the process. The typical high school counselor is overwhelmed, typically spending less than one hour individually with students. As a result, high school students apply to a limited number of colleges that either their parents attended or their friends go to. Eighty percent of the time, these are the wrong match for the student.
“So much has changed since our students’ mothers and fathers went to college,” says founder and CEO Tom Pabin. “Our franchisees are trained to work with students so that they successfully get into the college of their choice with all the pieces of the puzzle plugged in to complement the student. We address every step associated with the college-bound experience, from the actual college application to college entrance exam prep to selecting the right college and completing the federal student aid application.”
Class 101 College Planners Help Students Stand Out
Helping students stand out in the highly competitive college admissions process is central to the services Class 101 provides. Guiding students as they perfect their resume and college admission essay are just a few unique services Class 101 provides. With the help of a Class 101 counselor, a student will identify activities that help set them apart from the hundreds of other applicants.
“A student’s high school resume can be that competitive edge when it comes to merit-based scholarships. The resume should show off a combination of leadership roles, AP classes and/or volunteer activities. Many of the Class 101 franchisees also get involved in volunteer efforts with their students to ensure students have what they need,” Tom says.
The college admission essay can be the most important part of the application process. At Class 101, we view it as a part of the puzzle that can enhance a student’s chances of getting into the college of their choice. Admission officers pore over test scores and grades, but they are also looking for well-rounded students. The college essay gives students a chance to showcase their unique voice and experience.