Student Services Summary
College Funding Strategies
The SET for College Solution Software (“SET”) is the most accurate, detailed, and comprehensive college-planning tool available, created in conjunction with a team of experts led by former admission and financial aid personnel at Princeton University.
This “Best in Class” cloud-based software can be divided into two major areas: Admissions and Cost & Aid. This aspect alone—combining an admission evaluation tool with complete “how to pay” information—separates SET from other college-planning tools with the highest level of detail and accuracy. You will never be surprised by a college's award offer.
The typical admission prediction model uses GPA and SAT/ACT scores to sort the student’s chances into SAFETY, MATCH, and REACH categories. This is far too simplistic a method to offer much help to a student trying to organize a realistic college list, let alone to offer the student guidance on how to improve his/her chances of admission. SET takes a different approach. SET's method mirrors the way college admission committees evaluate applicants and decide which ones to admit. To do this effectively, SET’s Fit & Match admission algorithm uses, not two or three, but up to 20 academic and personal variables, including five “tags,” or special attributes, that give applicants extra consideration in the process.
The proprietary algorithm used by SET to run Fit & Match has been tested for validity using 4,600 students who applied to more than 27,000 colleges over a two-year period, and SET stands committed to annual testing and updating.
The Cost & Aid section operates with a similar level of detail and specificity. In addition to a careful explanation of how to figure YOUR out-of-pocket cost of a college, SET’s Cost & Aid section offers detailed information on a college’s merit scholarships, an estimate of a family’s eligibility for need-based aid that takes into account college aid policies, and a full description of state aid programs.
But SET does not limit its admission and financial planning to students ready to apply to college. Students in any high school grade can take advantage of the benefits of SET.