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Students Find Your Purpose-Career With Inner Architect’s “How To Build The Life you Were Designed To Live”: Contest, Book, Video Series

Author and Founder of inner architect, Susan Hanshaw, is producing a how-to video series: “Becoming an inner architect” as chronicled in her article New Book, New Video Series, New You: inner architect’s 3 Value Propositions.” The series will support her new book “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live.” In addition, inner architect is providing the following value propositions:

1. Weekly Video Series: Susan will provide steps, tools, tips, and strategies to help you learn how to acknowledge your career dissatisfaction through awareness, identify your passions, and change your life with purposeful intended results.
2. Free Copy of Chapter 1 : “Cultivating your Mind to Consider Change” of her upcoming book “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live.”

3. Be An inner architect “Apprentice Contest”: Now you have the chance to voice your opinion, share your stories of change, and inspire others. Participate by ordering your free copy of Chapter 1 and write to us describing your experience(s).

The three best critiques or stories of change that “Cultivating Your Mind to Consider Change” inspires will receive a free copy of “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live” and a $50 Nordstrom gift certificate!

Take advantage and participate in the fun by emailing your free request for Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind to Consider Change” to dean@innerarchitect.com


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College Planning Checklist #1: 5 Steps To Organizing Your College and Financial Search

Bay College Planners provides the most unique and powerful method of paying for a college education available to families and students today. By repositioning your family assets, BCP helps families to qualify for the millions of dollars of financial aid that goes unclaimed every year.

A major part of this service is to set up a process, action plan, and procedures in order to help students identify the best university for them.

The following are the first 5 Action Plan steps provided by Bay College Planners:

1. Personalized Student Interview: This interview is private and outlines the students choices of major and careers, college selections, and admissions and career tips. This service often goes beyond what a student’s Guidance Counselor should be providing.

2. “Best Fit” College Search: again utilizing the information of general interests provided by each student, BCP will provide a list of colleges that fit the student’s criteria.

3. Career Search: Bay College Planners perform a career search including education requirements for a particular career, description of the career path, and starting salary estimates. Career search information is based on the students interests; access to research information is provided online through the Discover program housing this information.

4. College Admissions Application Boot Camp: this allows students access to discussions of admissions requirements, admissions essay writing, selecting the “right” college, how to fill out the different types of admissions applications correctly the first time, and a action plan on “what students should be doing now” to get ready for college.

5. College Planning Checklist: this is a easy to follow organizer containing essential deadlines, up-coming events, and timelines describing what Bay College Planners will be doing for you the parent and the student and when each step will take place.

For a free consultation please contact Dan Evertsz at Bay College Planners 510. 686.7979 or bayareacollegeplanner@yahoo.com

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Andrew Cuomo’s “Code of Conduct” Plan: The Best Attempt To Stop “Predatory Lending” In the Student Loan Industry

If you are a parent of a college bound student or a student trying to finance your education on your own, you owe it to yourself to throughly investigate Andrew Cuomo’s campaign to expose and indict the student lending industry. This information could save you thousands of dollars and millions of headaches!

In June of 2008, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York outlined and implemented a Code of Conduct plan for the 6 largest student loan lenders. Cuomo’s characterization of Student Loan lending institutions as purveyors of “predatory lending” practices is the most accurate and hard hitting characterizations of the industry by a politician yet.

Cuomo’s plan includes the following 7 provisions:

1. Ban on Financial Ties. Lenders are prohibited from giving anything of value to any college in exchange for any advantage sought by the lender. This severs any inappropriate financial arrangements between lenders and schools and specifically prohibits “revenue sharing” arrangements.

2. Ban on Payments for Preferred Lender Status. Lenders may not pay or give colleges any financial benefits whatsoever to get on a college’s preferred lender list.

3. Gift and Trip Prohibition. Lenders are prohibited from giving college employees anything of more than nominal value. This includes a prohibition on trips for financial aid officers and other college officials paid for by lenders.

4. Advisory Board Rules. Lenders are prohibited from paying college employees anything of value for serving on the advisory boards of the lenders.

5. Call-Center and Staffing Prohibition. Lenders must ensure that employees of lenders never identify themselves to students as employees of colleges. No employee of a lender may ever work in or providing staffing assistance to a college financial aid office.

6. Disclosure of Range of Rates and Defaults. Lenders must disclose to any requesting school the range of rates they charge to students at the school, the number of borrowers at each rate at the school, and the lender’s historic default rate at the school. This will ensure that schools will have the information they need to select preferred lenders who are best for students and their families.

7. Loan Resale Disclosure. Lenders shall fully and prominently disclose to students and their parents any agreements they have to sell loans to any other lender.

Look at these provisions carefully. Would you want to collaborate or become a customer of an organization that is being reprimanded for provisions 2 and 3. Essentially these are rules against kickbacks. Does it not make sense to search for an alternative to the stratospheric, exorbitant costs of college tuition loans?

What would you rather have as your plan to finance a student’s education:

High interest rate and long term loans that create financial unrest for your family for years or a financial plan that allows you to take advantage of the millions of dollars of government financial aid that goes untapped every year?

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