REALITY CHANGERS transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.

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Member Benefits

College Apps Academy is a classroom-style college application course that assists students with the entire application process to include: school research and selection, personal statement, academic resume, and brag packet guidance; application submission, assistance with financial aid and scholarships; and assisting with final decisions, as well as housing and orientation deadlines and overall college survival.

Office Hours

Additional one-on-one support on weekends and during school breaks.

College Forums

Direct access to college reps who visit our College Apps Academy headquarters.


Throughout the year, our Academy team works hard to help students maximize their financial aid through grants and scholarships.


We’re Here to Help

As senior year approaches, many families start asking the tough questions. How does one actually get into college? What do amazing college applications and personal statements really look like? And how do you know which college is the best fit?

Parents shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars for advice and students shouldn’t have to suffer through the college application process.  Would you believe that our Reality Changers students and families actually enjoy this experience?  It’s true!  

One of the biggest decisions that your family will ever have to make is fast approaching.  College Apps Academy offers expert advice, exclusive scholarships, and personalized attention at every session.

Spots are filling up quickly for the class of 2018. Inquire how you can become a student of College Apps Academy today!


Preparation Guidelines for Students & Parents

As a member of College Apps Academy, we’ll be with you every step of the way. It’s good to have a map to know where you’re going, so take a look at the free guides below! And remember, College Apps Academy will make sure that you’ll stay on the right path and submit the best college application possible!

9th Grade Guide

10th Grade Guide

11th Grade Guide

12th Grade Guide

Financial Aid 101

Tax Recommendation

File your taxes electronically

  • Filing your taxes electronically allows you to use the Data Retrieval Tool to upload information from the IRS directly to the FAFSA. This decreases errors and the chance of being audited
Application Recommendation

The early bird gets the worm

  • You must apply early to maximize your financial aid options. It is also important to submit your taxes as early as possible
What is financial aid?

Financial aid is a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work study. Some financial aid is free and some financial aid is borrowed which your student will have to pay back after they graduate from college

How do we apply for financial aid?

Students applying for financial aid should start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) and then begin to apply for scholarships. FAFSA is a form used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a college or university. The one-and-only website to apply for federal financial aid is www.fafsa.gov

What if we don't file taxes?

You will still need to report your income earned from working play any other income you received in 2013 on the FAFSA

What if I am divorced or separated?

The parents your student lived with the most in 2013 is the person who is responsible for completing the FAFSA. If this parent has remarried, then the step-parent must also report his or her financial information

What documents will I need to fill out FAFSA?

The financial aid process can be confusing and frustrating, but if you sign up with College Apps Academy you will never have to worry about incorrectly filling out any of these forms!

  • Your 2012 tax return
  • Your 2012 W-2 forms
  • Your student’s social security card
  • Current bank statements
  • Your 2013 tax return (once submitted)
  • Your 2013 W-2 forms

Get in Touch

The Academy program is a total of 20 weeks that runs from spring of junior year to spring of senior year with the exception of HQ Academy seniors who meet for a total of 37 weeks from fall of senior year to spring of senior year.

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General Inquiries

Tania Azar
College Apps Academy Director



Partnership Opportunities

Bill Fackelman
Account Manager



*Office Hours are only for members who are currently enrolled in College Apps Academy