CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS PARENTS STUDENTS CHURCHES & MINISTRIES FINANCIAL ADVISORS
College Assistance Plus was founded by Paul Celuch in 2004, in order to counter the spiraling cost of college he experienced while conducting Crown Financial Ministries courses in his church. Helping students grow spiritually in college and identify viable careers and majors has been key with over 5000 students. The goal is to see the upcoming generation succeed in their purpose and calling, make an impact on college campuses and society, and do so with a minimum amount of debt.
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- Reduce cost and keep student debt manageable - Many graduates are hampered from moving into ministry or the vocation of their choice due to debt burdens. Effective tuition reduction regardless of income levels is critical.
- Identify a fitting and viable major/career/calling/life direction – optimally before college
- Find the best college for the student – secular or Christian school
- Integrate and balance NCAA sports when applicable
- Engage with effective Christian fellowships – during college searches and prior to freshmen orientation
- Advance the Christian movement on campus, fine-tune career goals, and graduate into the right job.
The goal is to fuel a movement for students to take charge of their future and plan with wisdom, so they can equip student-led ministries at high schools and colleges, and become leaders in society. More information and resources on these topics is below and via our webinars and phone strategy sessions. We provide free training for school counselors plus free webinars and phone sessions for parents on the above topics, as well as offering more extensive services on a fee basis.
FINDING A CAMPUS MINISTRY OR FELLOWSHIP
Over 70% of believers fall away from the faith during college, especially during the first year. Much of the demise begins during the first months due to social pressure. A study by the Navigators ministry demonstrated that if students don’t meaningfully connect with believers during the first 72 hours, the odds go down sharply. Therefore, whether you are looking at a Christian or secular college, it’s important to identify if there is a strong Christian presence on the campus as part of the college search process, then personally connect BEFORE leaving home, so they know who to meet from the first day of orientation. Churches and Christian schools who have fostered this preparation and connection well have seen the spiritual attrition largely eliminated. See see the below info on one of our staff’s background and Youth Transition Network video. View Link: Parent and student resources and videos here for you, your school, and church.
IDENTIFYING A FITTING AND VIABLE MAJOR, CAREER, AND CALLING
The average student changes majors 3-4 times and as a result spends 5.5 years as an undergrad, or 6.5 years in state colleges. 52% of recent grads are unemployed or in non-degree jobs – and 45% have moved back home as “boomerang kids”. Just as serious, many who could have picked the right major for a satisfying and interesting career, end up plugging along in a job that does not harness their true potential as a person.
This is all entirely preventable. A good personal college coach process, and partnership with your school counselor helps students get closer to their right major and eliminate false starts so they get out in four years with a much better chance of getting a job they love. By integrating assessment tools and personal meetings or Skype sessions, students become focused and gain energizing vision to find their direction and a satisfying marketable career, ministry, or calling.
The stakes are much higher and the situation is less forgiving than when the prior generation attended college. Due to the today’s high cost of education and soft job market, it’s important to know a target major, or at least have a short list of majors PRIOR to conducting college searches and visits. We hear stories every day about how a college selection based on emotion leads to real problems down-stream. Making logical and informed decisions as a family unit is more productive and creates a great bonding and satisfying experience through this period as we launch our kids towards their futures.
It’s important to correlate job interests with real salary projections and career paths. This baseline of understanding is then adjusted as-needed through high school, undergrad and grad school, and followed by personal job interview and networking training as you complete college.
FINDING THE BEST COLLEGE
What is the “right college”? How will this decision affect or enhance my student’s life spiritually, socially, academically, professionally, and financially? Here are some aspects to consider:
- Create a family budget which includes all your college-bound students. The format you use should indicate out of pocket for parents and students, plus loans that students and parents are willing to take on.
- Understand career salaries and probability of employment, so you can realistically assess loan repayment ability.
- Estimate the college cost YOU will pay before visiting the college and becoming emotionally attached. Everyone pays a different price for the same college and there are new ways to leverage lower a lower cost. Determine if you should submit the FAFSA or withhold that information.
- Understand the depth of Christian fellowships and ministries at secular colleges and the clubs with the most active believers at Christian colleges.
- Find degree programs that match career goals, and dovetail with graduate schools.
- Determine geographic, social, spiritual, academic, athletic parameters.
We will give you a head start with items 1-4 in our personal strategy calls.
REDUCING COLLEGE COST AND RESULTANT STUDENT DEBT
It is becoming common for students to emerge from college with over $100,000 of debt, then marry someone with high debt as well. 52% of last years graduates are either not working or in jobs that don’t require a college degree. A full 45% of graduates move back with their parents. Graduates and hampered from going into the ministry or careers that they planned on for the past 4 years. The situation is nothing like what today’s parents experienced when they went to college. College costs have risen over 1000% in the past 30 years. This is largely because there has been no effective counter-pressure on costs, and is why College Assistance Plus was started in 2004, as described in this Crown Financial Ministries article. We recommend that you read A Better Approach to College, and register for a free webinar or personal strategy session to give you further tools and strategies to optimize the college experience. The webinars are the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month at 8PM Eastern. CAPlus provides generous free counselling and consultation. Our fee-based services are below under CAPlus Services. For information, contact John Decker at 315-656-7973 or jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.com
This trailer for the Ivory Tower documentary depicts the business of college families need to understand.
When Churches or Christian schools use the below video and incorporate the material on the below flyer, they go from losing most to keeping most in the faith that first year. Read accounts and pastor’s observations.
Many more resources available from Youth Transition Network on www.YTN.org. These parent, student, and small group books, DVDs, and seminars from Youth Transition Network will make a lasting impact upon your family, church, and school. Your YTN purchase will also provide support for this valuable ministry. We also recommend that you consider becoming a monthly donor to YTN to expand their work with families and students.
CAPlus provides generous free consultations and consulting. Our fee-based services are below.
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Have college questions? Contact John Decker 315-656-7973 jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.co
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