App of the month: Introducing Smart Track College Funding program


Smart Track helps get students on the right path for college financial aid.

David Eskichyan

With the help of the Smart Track College Funding system, high school students now have realistic ideas of how much financial aid they will acquire.

“The family puts in their information and the colleges that the student is interested in, and then what this does is it estimates,” college counselor Linda Zimring said. “It’s only an estimate of how much financial aid the student will get given this financial information the parents put in, and of the colleges that the student lists, which ones are more generous and have a history of being more generous in financial aid,” Zimring said.

This nonprofit program is targeted at high school juniors and seniors with the aim of helping students with financial aid. The amount of financial aid a student will receive is based on the student’s family and their financial status.

After junior and senior high school families register for a free Smart Track College Funding membership, parents and students will have the ability to customize a profile report and create a college plan with the help of the Smart Track College Funding system.

The Smart Track College Funding system was founded in 2009 and obtains and delivers more than 100 years of experience of college funding. Unlike other companies, this company is thought to be ethical.

Other companies encourage students to apply for colleges they have no interest in attending based on the financial aid and the generosity of the college. This company, however, will help students set realistic goals for themselves in college not only based on the financial aid they will acquire, but also take into consideration what students want to study.

Zimring, who makes it her initial goal to help students save money with college, has had hands-on experience with this company. As she takes into account what she suggests to students, Zimring signed up for this company prior to suggesting it to them.

Using her name, Zimring signed up as a student and received information about this program addressed to “the parents of Linda Zimring.” As she went undercover, Zimring learned about this program and has been working to encourage student use to introduce it to Daniel Pearl Magnet High School.