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Applying to College for Creative Students

  • Greater Reston Arts Center 12001 Market Street #103 Reston, VA 20190 (map)

ARTriculate ( and Luminate Financial Planning, LLC ( are teaming up to present a one hour workshop “Creative Students and the College Process: What Families Need to Know”. ARTriculate is the only college consulting service in the DC metro area that specializes in helping creative students find the best fit college and apply. Our creative students include visual artists, performing artists, film students, musicians, dancers, and other students who have creative interests that will inform their college choices. Luminate Financial Planning specializes in financial planning for families with college-bound students. This workshop is for parents and students. Together we highlight:

  • Careers in the arts
  • Criteria to consider when applying, how to find your “best fit” colleges
  • The difference between a BFA and a BA, a College of Art and Design/Conservatory and a Traditional Liberal Arts College/University 
  • Timelines for activities during all four high school years and summers
  • Important facts and timelines to know about applying to BFA programs in visual arts, performing arts and film
  • Costs of college and the different terms you’ll hear (FAFSA, 529 Plans, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Net Price Calculator (NPC), etc.)
  • Strategies for saving for college 
  • Determining your EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Knowing the difference between the net cost vs the advertised cost
  • Differing types of financial aid
  • How to plan ahead financially no matter where you are now
  • How working with an experienced college advisor and financial planner reduce stress and organize the process

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