Frequently Asked Questions
 
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  1. What does RSC stand for?
  2. What makes your program different?
  3. How was the RSC program developed?
  4. How do you keep the cost of your service so low?
  5. How can you save me money?
  6. How long does your service last?
  7. How often can I log into your website?
  8. How much time does the RSC program require?
  9. How effective is your SAT prep program?
  10. My guidance counselor can help me for free. Why should I pay RSC?
  11. Are you a replacement for my guidance counselor?
  12. How is your College Prep Checklist better than the one my school gave me?
  13. Does RSC encourage parental involvement and oversight?
  14. Isn’t my student too young to start college prep?
  15. My student is an upperclassman. Can you still help?
  16. Does your program help students who don’t want to go to college?
  17. If you’re College Prep Experts, why do you offer career prep?
  18. What are Knowledge Nuggets?
  19. Do you provide student loans?
  20. Do you help students find scholarships?
  21. How effective are your financial aid appeals?
  22. If I apply to many colleges, won’t at least one of them accept me?
  23. What if I’m a senior and just need help with financial aid?
  24. Can you assist Spanish-speaking families?
  25. Can I sign up more than one student at a time?
  26. How do I enroll my student in an RSC program?

Answers


1.  What does RSC stand for?

RSC stands for Rewarding Student Commitment. We also stand for a good education at an affordable price and equal access to higher education for everyone.

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2.  What makes your program different?

RSC offers both college and career prep, and unlike many college prep companies, we focus on every aspect of getting you ready for college, including course selection, college research, the SATs and ACTs, and financial aid. We help students recognize their career interests, learning styles, job skills, and more.

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3.  How was the RSC program developed?

Through more than 20 years of research and effort. Our company’s founder began helping students in 1991. Eventually he put together an entire team of college prep and financial aid experts to develop what is now the RSC program.

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4.  How do you keep the cost of your service so low?

Providing our services online allows us to bundle various programs into one easy-to-access place.

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5.  How can you save me money?

When you invest in RSC’s bundled services versus purchasing each product separately from a variety of providers, you save and simplify. Early participation in college prep leads to the best candidates for college. And students that are better prepared for college receive the best financial aid offers. They change majors less (save), they need fewer remedial classes (save), and they graduate in 4 years rather than the typical 5 or 6 (save, save, save!).

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6.  How long does your service last?

You have access to our website for 5 years from the day you enroll.

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7.  How often can I log into your website?

As often as you’d like. Students and parents have unlimited access to our website.

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8.  How much time does the RSC program require?

Many students put in as little as 15 minutes a day, or do all their tasks over an hour or two on the weekend. By following our program and keeping a schedule, however, students often discover they have more free time than ever before.

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9.  How effective is your SAT prep program?

Some students claim our program has improved their SAT score by 300 points. We cover every aspect of the SAT and ACT tests, complete with online practice tests, extended tutorials, and reading list to develop critical reading and thinking skills.  You'll also enjoy helpful test-taking tips and strategies.

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10.  My guidance counselor can help me for free. Why should I pay RSC?

Some schools and their guidance counselors may offer very limited versions of college search programs, cost estimates, and financial aid nights, and some may even offer SAT/ACT prep materials. RSC provides a fully comprehensive nationwide college search program, accurate college cost estimates based on your personal financial situation and SAT/ACT test prep programs that adjust to your skill level. Perhaps most importantly, we focus on the individual student and guide you through self understanding and personal development, ultimately leading you to the best career and college selections. Promoting frequent interaction between student and parent ensures that these major life decisions get the attention they deserve.

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11.  Are you a replacement for my guidance counselor?

No. Guidance counselors provide an important service to students, but many of them are overworked or see too many students to meet all their needs. RSC provides exceptional tools and services for students and parents, then helps both understand how to use these tools and accurately interpret the results. This allows students to make a real connection between themselves and their futures.

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12.  How is your College Prep Checklist better than the one my school gave me?

The RSC College Prep Checklists are broken down by grade level, then by month, and include summertime activities to boost your college readiness. Once you become a senior, we provide separate checklists for college selection, admissions and financial aid, ensuring that each task is completed accurately and on time.

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13.  Does RSC encourage parental involvement and oversight?

Very much so. Studies show that students do better when parents are involved in their education. Our unique Parent Handbook and video programs guide parents in helping their child through their high-school education. The RSC program opens the door to important conversations about career selection, college selection and the affordability of college, making every aspect of college planning a family affair.

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14.  Isn’t my student too young to start college prep?

Colleges look at all four years of a student’s high-school record, which is why we start working with students as early as 8th grade. The later a student prepares for college, the more compromised their choices will be due to missed opportunities. It takes four years of high school to prepare for four years of college.

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15.  My student is an upperclassman. Can you still help?

Absolutely. We help them put together an impressive college application and resume.  We also assist in researching and narrowing their college choices, and provide comprehensive advice on completing their financial aid forms in an effort to maximize their aid.

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16.  Does your program help students who don’t want to go to college?

Yes. Such students can use our website to research jobs that don’t require a college degree. RSC then helps them use their high-school classes and college prep curriculum to develop the skills needed for that job. Studies show that college prep students do much better in the workplace than students who just take traditional classes.  For more information, click here.

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17.  If you’re College Prep Experts, why do you offer career prep?

Actually, career prep is the first step in college prep. Students who understand themselves, their likes and dislikes, personality type, and learning styles make better career choices, better college choices and are more likely to finish their degree in four years rather than the typical 5-6 years. As we say around here, “College prep is career prep!”

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18.  What are Knowledge Nuggets?

Knowledge Nuggets are online video tutorials that help guide parents and students through critical areas of career prep and college planning.

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19.  Do you provide student loans?

No. In fact, we try to help families eliminate or reduce student loans by maximizing their grant money and gift aid. RSC is not associated with any bank or private lender.

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20.  Do you help students find scholarships?

It’s important to understand the terminology of grants and scholarships. Private scholarships are available to students, but they are difficult to obtain and unfortunately, in most cases, they benefit the college and not the student. Colleges typically replace scholarships or grants they would have provided the student with the scholarship the student earned from a private source. RSC focuses on money available from federal and state programs and directly from the colleges.

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21.  How effective are your financial aid appeals?

Very effective, because we know when a college has made you a poor offer. Our successful appeals frequently provide families several thousand dollars more in financial aid. We work hard to turn bad financial aid offers into good ones.

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22.  If I apply to many colleges, won’t at least one of them accept me?

Probably, but you don’t want to go to just any college; you want to go to the college that’s right for you. RSC helps students determine which college can meet their needs and help them most.

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23.  What if I’m a senior and just need help with financial aid?

We have a program tailored to your needs. For more information on this program contact our office at 800-304-1433.

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24.  Can you assist Spanish-speaking families?

Every department at RSC is ready to assist our Spanish-speaking families.

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25.  Can I sign up more than one student at a time?

Yes. RSC's program will be helpful for all of your children.

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26.  How do I enroll my student in an RSC program?

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