AppliPak Increases School Choices with Early College Planning

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A recent survey indicates families start college planning too late which can limit college choices for students. AppliPak® College Preparation Guide and Organizer helps families manage the process through every year of high school.

AppliPak, College Planning, High School to College

AppliPak College Preparation Guide and Organizer

Every student, even siblings in a family, approaches college preparation and planning differently. AppliPak allows each student to use it however it fits their needs.

When is the best time for high school students to start planning for college? According to a survey conducted by College Sherpa LLC, the majority of families don’t start the planning process until the junior year of high school.    Although the actual application for admission doesn’t typically happen until the senior year, college planning is a four-year process. Students can make choices as early as their freshman year that can impact their options for higher education. Early visibility and planning can reduce the anxiety that parents have about college choices, testing, applications and financial aid. Parents can assist their children in working through these life decisions with the new AppliPak® College Preparation Guide and Organizer. AppliPak contains worksheets that help students plan their high school curriculum, set goals and monitor extracurricular activities. Students and parents can work together through the entire preparation, selection, application and financial aid process with the tools and resources provided in AppliPak.

Many families rely on the high school counseling office to facilitate the college planning process. However, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling reports that on average, the student-to-counselor ration is 457:1. With only 180 days in a school year, it’s difficult for a counselor to provide detailed college planning assistance to students. AppliPak gives students the tools and resources to follow and manage the process themselves and make counselor meetings more productive.

“I saw a need for the do-it-yourselfer parents and students who feel they can get through the college planning maze without hiring a consultant,” said Mitch Clark, owner of College Sherpa, an independent college planning consultant and author of AppliPak. “There are many questions and levels of anxiety about the process people have that I’ve addressed in AppliPak. I’ve also taken the experiences of my clients and incorporated them into the design of AppliPak. Organization is usually a big problem; even with all of the online resources, the process is still paper-heavy and families find having one place to store college planning materials very helpful. Every student, even siblings in a family, approaches college preparation and planning differently. AppliPak allows each student to use it however it fits their needs.”

AppliPak not only provides a roadmap for each year of high school, but also provides worksheets and checklists to guide students through the many aspects of college planning. The information is contained in a durable plastic case binder that helps students keep all of their college planning information organized.

About AppliPak®

AppliPak ( ) is the all-in-one resource and organizer designed to be used every year of high school for college preparation, SAT/ACT testing, college choice decisions, applications, financial aid and scholarships. Stay organized with one place to keep all your information regarding college planning; you’ll know where to find it when you need it! Checklists, roadmaps and worksheets help you plan and stay on track with college preparation. AppliPak saves you time by providing the best resources on the web for testing, college applications, financial aid and scholarships.


  •     Roadmaps, checklists and worksheets for every year of high school: 9, 10, 11, 12
  •     Durable plastic pocket tabs to store college planning information and materials
  •     Six school-specific pockets and application/financial aid tracking worksheets
  •     Oversized durable 3-ring organizer with locking tabs

AppliPak is available online at and at for $79.99.


Mitch Clark
Executive Director
College Sherpa LLC    
Phone: 262-389-9343

AppliPak is published by College Sherpa LLC. If you’d like more information about AppliPak, or to schedule and interview with Mitch Clark, please call him at 262-389-9343 or email at him at mitch.clark at


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