Peggy Baker in the press:
- Vagaries of the SAT* Exam (January 13, 2011) – Bucks County Herald
- Don’t Visit Colleges in the Summer (September 2, 2010) – Bucks County Herald
- Buyer Beware Adage Applies to Colleges (July 15, 2010) – Bucks County Herald
Featured Speaker: National IECA Conference in Chicago, April 2013
On April 12, 2013 Peggy Baker gave a seminar at the Chicago IECA (Independent Educational Consultants) conference. Using a PowerPoint presentation, Peggy explained how a consultant can help the student choose the appropriate college that the family can afford. The session shed some light on how a family’s income is assessed without having to know the algorithms that they are based on! In the session, IEC’s learned the differences between need based aid and merit aid, as well as the philosophy behind them. Expected Family Income (EFC) is the foundation of need based aid and was emphasized throughout the seminar. Furthermore, the IEC learned how the merit aid and need based aid intersect, rather than simply compile. The FAFSA form, generally demanded by public institutions and the CSS Profile, generally used by private institutions, were compared. At the conclusion of the seminar, frequently asked questions were addressed that included divorced parents, out- of- state colleges and 529 savings plans.
December 11, 2013
Hi Peggy, I hope this finds you well. I thought you might like an update and another show of appreciation.
Tim is in the middle of his 3rd year at Kenyon (did you visit the campus as you intended? What did you think?) He is doing great. He has declared a double major in math and physics. The small school you recommended has certainly paid off. Tim has been working through research grants since his 1st year and has now been asked to represent Kenyon for the Barry Goldwater scholarship. He works very closely with his professors. He works long hours, but seems to love almost every minute. Oddly enough, I was so happy when he referred to Kenyon as “home” as in I need to get home and get to work. He has made many friends on the rugby team. They all eat together and hang out together. I couldn’t be happier for him. Thank you for that.
Sarah is doing equally well at New College of Florida. She made instant friends with her roommates, has an advisor and professors that she likes and is taking classes towards an international studies major. She even got a job doing closed captioning for TV shows. She goes to the beach occasionally and sounds as happy and confident as I’ve ever heard her sound. I thank you for that as well.
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
I just wanted to get in touch with you to let you know what has been going on. I got admitted into Philadelphia University, University of Pittsburgh-Titutsville, Moravian, Penn State-Berks, and Syracuse University. Waiting on Temple still but it doesn’t play any factor. I am committing to Syracuse! I got accepted for Industrial design there. I was really doubting I would get in but I was so excited to find out I was accepted. It was by far my favorite we visited and I am very happy.
Thank you for everything you’ve done. Honestly without you, I probably never would’ve looked at any of those schools. I was kind of clueless before you and you helped me so much, especially when figuring out what it was I was looking for in a school. Without you, I probably never would’ve retaken the SATs and gotten prep classes. I am not sure where I’d be if I didn’t have your help. Thanks so much for that.
You can tell my story to your future clients who have no idea what to do with their future. I got into a school that seemed way out of my league and I’m so excited. It was my reach school! I wouldn’t never imagined I’d be where I am now.
I hope to see you again sometime.
Thank you again,
Happy New Year Peggy!
I don’t believe Dan ever got around to contacting you after graduating from Haverford. I wanted to let you know that he accepted a position at the University of Michigan several weeks after graduating this past May. He is working on a two year project at the Center for Bioethics in Science and Medicine on prostate cancer. He was very fortunate to graduate with an immediate job offer. This position will help him with entrance into a grad program.
He is settling into Ann Arbor, but ultimately would like to return to the Philly area for grad studies.
Peggy, we all agree that your program and your personal interest as an educator, was a tremendous help in Dan entering the best college for his talents/interests. This has ultimately led him to the position at Michigan. At this point, he believes he will remain in the academic arena teaching and continuing research.