Yes. We are a college coaching to independence model. In addition to comprehensive academic support, we also offer many life skills and executive functioning coaching services that are applicable to young adult transition to independence.
Not Necessarily. Although full-time status is important to have University housing, it is not required at Focus Collegiate if you live in the Boston area or want to take advantage of our relationship with the International Guest House and live on Beacon Street (click here for more info).
No and Yes.
We do not provide residential support services as part of Focus Collegiate. Students live on their college campus or at the International Guest House (click here for more info). We do provide life skills training that may impact how a student performs in their own residential setting.
Our Summer Cohort is a four-week residential college-readiness program in Boston (click here for more information).
We serve most of the colleges in the Boston Area, Worcester, MA, and Providence, RI. Our services are most effective when the university works with us. If there are barriers to this collaboration, we discover them in the admissions process. Generally, if we can get there within 1 hour by rail or car from our offices, then we will make it happen.
Although we know a great deal about area colleges, we are not ideal for the college selection process. Many of our students work with their college counselors or educational consultants for this. We are happy to be a part of the solution when it becomes clear that the identified supports on the campus will not be adequate.
We meet students when and where they need us. That means we are generally mobile throughout the region, spending the majority of our time on-campus. When we meet with students and families during the admissions process, we do so at our shared working space in the Back Bay area of Boston.
We meet our students when and where they need us. Our formal meeting schedule is determined as we approach each semester and is different for each student. Some students benefit from a lot of structure, some need more responsive supports. If it does not make sense to keep a meeting, then we will shift the time to provide other areas of support throughout the week.
Mostly. We strive to be available as much as our students need us. However, we are not a 24-7 on-call service. It is rare that a student would have to wait more than 15 minutes to get a call/text back in response to an issue. From 11pm-7am we are generally unavailable.
We have a low staff-to-student ratio that ensures that we will be available and mobile. Our staff is outfitted with subway, bus, commuter rail, ferry, and ride-sharing options to be as responsive as necessary.
Each student has a different schedule, but they look like a typical college student’s. Since our programming is individualized, we take advantage of the opportunities available on the students campus for extra-curriculars.
Generally no. Our students are plugged into their campus and we rarely get the Focus Collegiate group of students together, unless there is a compelling social reason to do so. We are completely committed to getting our students engaged in their college life.
Our staff has many years of successful young adult programming experience. They have demonstrated the capacity to connect quickly with students long before they came to us. Our Collegiate Life Coaches have a minimum of a master’s degree in social work, counseling, special education, or a related field. Our Student Skills Coaches have to have similar experience, but typically have a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Typically we engage our parents in the summer prior to the semester to prepare both logistically and emotionally. We separate parent coaching from updates during the semester. Parents are updated regarding their student’s weekly, while coaching for specific parenting strategies occurs monthly.
Almost anytime! Due to the expansive academic offerings in Boston, we have rolling enrollment. During the admissions process, we assess what the class options are and see if the current offerings are aligned with our students interests. Together, we determine the appropriate start time. Of course, many students start just prior to their traditional semester. If we have space, we can become involved mid-semester, but usually it is a recovery mission, not a rescue one.
The cost of the International Guest house is $2,100 per month. There are many amenities. For more information click here and/or contact us.
Our tuition is a flat rate per month of $2,801.00 which covers all of our services. We expect that students enroll with us for the duration of a semester (including preparation time), which is usually 4.5 months. If the college is on a quarter system, we pro-rate accordingly. Summers are also condensed to 3 month expected enrollment period. If a student enrolls mid-semester then we pro-rate as well.
No. Since our students attend many different campuses, the tuition is separate and payable to that institution.
Generally no. Focus Collegiate is not a “qualified educational institution” in the eyes of the FAFSA or the IRS. However, many of our students take advantage of their financial aid awards and scholarships from their university. Occasionally, some families utilize tax strategies for funding Focus Collegiate. Please ask for details during the admissions process.
We believe that it is virtually impossible to gauge how many hours of support a student will need throughout the course of a semester or a college career to be successful. Since our outcomes are aligned with our students, we choose to have a flat rate to address the variability of needs that a student will experience throughout the semester.
Yes. We have a brand new Summer Cohort! Click Here for details.
Also, if students are taking summer classes, we are here to support them. Again, they must have housing to be eligible and the International Guest House is an option (click here for more details). We do not offer coaching for rising seniors or inbound freshman who are not enrolled in college, yet. We are exploring this as an expansion of our servic
Do you do “Remote” Coaching?
Yes! We will assess a student’s suitability for remote coaching at any College or University that is outside of our region. However, a student must attend our Summer Cohort and demonstrate the capacity to utilize our services appropriately in a remote manner. There is limited enrollment each semester and students must apply. We cannot guarantee remote coaching will be an option if a student attends the Summer Cohort.
Our services thrive in major urban centers with robust and diverse communities providing multiple academic options for our students. Boston is perfect for this with over 235,000 college students and 40+ academic institutions. Let’s also not forget to mention the major sports venues, arts, culture, and vibrancy!
We are always encouraged by this question. Boston is our pilot region, but there are certainly other urban centers around the country that would fit our model. In the interim, we will do remote coaching for students who attend our Summer Cohort and demonstrate important qualifying criteria.
We welcome ideas and feedback on how we can serve more students. I know you will appreciate that success for our current students is our passion, so we are keeping our eye on that ball, for now.