Parent University Semester

Step-by-step expert guidance

to show you how to confidently help prepare your teen for their opportunities after graduation.

Learn How to Confidently Guide Your Teen Through Their Options After High School, Strengthen Your Relationship, and Meet Your Budget in Just 12 Sessions


A 12-session program that gives you the tools and confidence to help your teen navigate their opportunities after graduation, all while building a stronger relationship and not breaking the bank—with step-by-step expert  guidance through live and interactive video sessions.

Parent University Semester

Step-by-step expert guidance

to show you how to confidently help prepare your teen for their opportunities after graduation.

Learn How to Confidently Guide Your Teen Through Their Options After High School, Strengthen Your Relationship, and Meet Your Budget in Just 12 Sessions


A 12-session program that gives you the tools and confidence to help your teen navigate their opportunities after graduation, all while building a stronger relationship and not breaking the bank—with step-by-step expert  guidance through live and interactive video sessions.

Does this sound familiar?

  • You don’t know when or where to start when it comes to helping your teen figure out their next steps after high school, and have no idea what the requirements are for colleges these days. (You might even wonder if your teen will be accepted to any schools at all).
  • Just the thought of the college admissions process makes you (and your teen) feel overwhelmed and anxious.
  • You’re pretty sure that affording a college education for your teen will be really difficult, if not impossible.
  • You feel like you waited too long to start the process of helping your teen figure out what’s next for them after high school, and it’s led to conflict and a feeling of panic at home.
  • Your teen seems to be losing interest in the process, and you’re exhausted from your unsuccessful attempts to keep them interested.
  • You know that putting too much pressure on your teen can be damaging, and sometimes you’re worried that you could unintentionally be doing so.
  • You’ve heard that the college and career counseling at your teen’s high school isn’t up to par, and you want something better.
  • You know that your teen getting admitted to college is not the end game, and you wonder if he or she will be able to complete a college degree on time and find a career right away.
  • You’re having a hard time even thinking about the fact that your teen is growing up and will be an adult soon, and you need professional guidance about their upcoming opportunities from someone who’s been through the same thing.

Good news—you’re not alone in feeling this way.

So many parents and caregivers struggle with the college planning process for any (or all) of these reasons. You don’t know what you don’t know!

More good news—there’s a solution.

Helping your teen determine their next steps after high school doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, exhausting, and anxiety-inducing process. And it doesn’t have to cause conflict at home, either!

Does this sound familiar?

  • You don’t know when or where to start when it comes to helping your teen figure out their next steps after high school, and have no idea what the requirements are for colleges these days. (You might even wonder if your teen will be accepted to any schools at all).
  • Just the thought of the college admissions process makes you (and your teen) feel overwhelmed and anxious.
  • You’re pretty sure that affording a college education for your teen will be really difficult, if not impossible.
  • You feel like you waited too long to start the process of helping your teen figure out what’s next for them after high school, and it’s led to conflict and a feeling of panic at home.
  • Your teen seems to be losing interest in the process, and you’re exhausted from your unsuccessful attempts to keep them interested.
  • You know that putting too much pressure on your teen can be damaging, and sometimes you’re worried that you could unintentionally be doing so.
  • You’ve heard that the college and career counseling at your teen’s high school isn’t up to par, and you want something better.
  • You know that your teen getting admitted to college is not the end game, and you wonder if he or she will be able to complete a college degree on time and find a career right away.
  • You’re having a hard time even thinking about the fact that your teen is growing up and will be an adult soon, and you need professional guidance about their upcoming opportunities from someone who’s been through the same thing.

Good news—you’re not alone in feeling this way.

So many parents and caregivers struggle with the college planning process for any (or all) of these reasons. You don’t know what you don’t know!

More good news—there’s a solution.

Helping your teen determine their next steps after high school doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, exhausting, and anxiety-inducing process. And it doesn’t have to cause conflict at home, either!

































Join the Parent University Semester Program 
by College Confidence Academy 

In 12 live and interactive sessions, you’ll gain:

  • Reasonably paced, step-by-step guidance on navigating the many decisions your teen will make about their life after high school that is much more thorough than what their school can offer.
  • ​Tools to help keep your teen motivated and encouraged during the last years of their childhood, without feeling like you’re micro-managing them.
  • ​Confidence in yourself and your teen as a team in this process, so you can truly celebrate this major milestone, rather than rushing through it or just going through the motions.
  • ​Knowledge of the process of college admissions that won’t overwhelm you.
  • ​A realistic game plan for managing your financial options, because college can be much more affordable than you think.
  • ​A strategy for fitting college planning into your family’s already busy schedule, without creating conflict or panic.

YOU can be the one to guide and mentor your teen through this process—all while feeling confident, strengthening your relationship, and meeting your budget!

Join the Parent University Semester Program by College Confidence Academy 

In 12 live and interactive sessions, you’ll gain:

  • Reasonably paced, step-by-step guidance on navigating the many decisions your teen will make about their life after high school that is much more thorough than what their school can offer.
  • ​Tools to help keep your teen motivated and encouraged during the last years of their childhood, without feeling like you’re micro-managing them.
  • ​Confidence in yourself and your teen as a team in this process, so you can truly celebrate this major milestone, rather than rushing through it or just going through the motions.
  • ​Knowledge of the process of college admissions that won’t overwhelm you.
  • ​A realistic game plan for managing your financial options, because college can be much more affordable than you think.
  • ​A strategy for fitting college planning into your family’s already busy schedule, without creating conflict or panic.

YOU can be the one to guide and mentor your teen through this process—all while feeling confident, strengthening your relationship, and meeting your budget!

It happens year after year.

  • You’ve made it your mission to take great care of your family. You’ve invested time and resources to stay involved in your children’s lives—going to their games, recitals, and activities. 
  • You serve your community because you want to make a difference both inside and outside your home.
  • Then, one day (usually in junior year), your teen comes home from school talking about entrance exams, community service, scholarships, and essays.

You knew this time would come eventually, but you really weren’t ready for it.

  • When you learn average tuition rates, you wonder if you’ll have to sell all your possessions in order to pay for it. 
  • You see everything that needs to be done and all the decisions that need to be made, and you quickly become overwhelmed.

The panic sets in and conflict arises. 

(As if raising a teen didn’t already have its own challenges, and now you’ve got this new thing to worry about).

  • Planning for college now feels like an emergency situation, and you look at the next year and a half of your family’s quality of life with dread. There’s just so much to do, and not much time to do it.
  • This puts a ton of stress and pressure on you, and especially your teen.

But here’s the truth—it doesn’t have to be this way.

Yes, for real!

It happens 
year after year.

  • You’ve made it your mission to take great care of your family. You’ve invested time and resources to stay involved in your children’s lives—going to their games, recitals, and activities. 
  • You serve your community because you want to make a difference both inside and outside your home.
  • Then, one day (usually in junior year), your teen comes home from school talking about entrance exams, community service, scholarships, and essays.

You knew this time would come eventually, but you really weren’t ready for it.

  • When you learn average tuition rates, you wonder if you’ll have to sell all your possessions in order to pay for it. 
  • You see everything that needs to be done and all the decisions that need to be made, and you quickly become overwhelmed.

The panic sets in and conflict arises. 

(As if raising a teen didn’t already have its own challenges, and now you’ve got this new thing to worry about).

  • Planning for college now feels like an emergency situation, and you look at the next year and a half of your family’s quality of life with dread. There’s just so much to do, and not much time to do it.
  • This puts a ton of stress and pressure on you, and especially your teen.

But here’s the truth—it doesn’t have to be this way.

Yes, for real!

With the Parent University Semester program, planning for life after high school can look more like this… 

WORK WITH YOUR TEEN as you confidently guide them through the process and help build their independence and sense of purpose, ensuring that your financial investment will be worth it in the end (because you don’t want them to become a “professional student” or a college graduate without a career path in mind)

HAVE A PLACE TO VENT AND SHARE CONCERNS in a confidential, parents-only setting so you don’t unintentionally transfer stress, doubt, or pressure onto your teen

LEARN PARENTING TECHNIQUES that help keep your teen motivated and engaged during this significant time in their life

GET A HEAD START to avoid feeling rushed and panicked over getting everything done in time (and ignore anyone who thinks you’re crazy)

UNDERSTAND THE TRUE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION and help your family build a realistic and feasible budget so you truly know what you can afford

KEEP YOUR NORMAL FAMILY SCHEDULE AND LIFESTYLE GET A HEAD START by breaking up college planning into manageable steps that won’t eat up all your time

With the Parent University Semester program, planning for life after high school can look more like this… 

WORK WITH YOUR TEEN as you confidently guide them through the process and help build their independence and sense of purpose, ensuring that your financial investment will be worth it in the end (because you don’t want them to become a “professional student” or a college graduate without a career path in mind)

HAVE A PLACE TO VENT AND SHARE CONCERNS in a confidential, parents-only setting so you don’t unintentionally transfer stress, doubt, or pressure onto your teen

LEARN PARENTING TECHNIQUES that help keep your teen motivated and engaged during this significant time in their life

GET A HEAD START to avoid feeling rushed and panicked over getting everything done in time (and ignore anyone who thinks you’re crazy)

UNDERSTAND THE TRUE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION and help your family build a realistic and feasible budget so you truly know what you can afford

KEEP YOUR NORMAL FAMILY SCHEDULE AND LIFESTYLE GET A HEAD START by breaking up college planning into manageable steps that won’t eat up all your time

"Thank you very much for clearing and highlighting the map for my daughters' high school to college paths. As a mom of teens, I think I found my roles from the important information you provided. The roles are mentoring and monitoring them rather than micro-parenting them during their high school journey and later on. As long as their academics are progressing, I will encourage them to be engaged and creative to their communities and surroundings as happy persons in their lives."

- Julie, mom of 9th grade twins

"Thank you so much Sonja for your time and for this free session! It was nice to see that in some ways we are on track and in some ways we can improve or start moving in a certain direction to better prepare our teen (and ourselves) for the next few years of high school and our teen’s next steps after high school. It was also refreshing to know we are not in this alone and other parents/families share the same fears/struggles/successes."

- Katrina, mom of 9th grader

"Thank you so much for such an informative masterclass this morning! Without it I won't know where to start. To some extent it also eased my stress about college admission a little bit. I am grateful for the wealth of information/links you provided in the followup email as well. I plan to dive into it and try to make sense out of it. You are right! Planning ahead for this process is a win/win situation for both parents and our teens. Thank you for pointing us to the right direction:-)"

- Rong, mom of 8th grader

"Thank you very much for clearing and highlighting the map for my daughters' high school to college paths. As a mom of teens, I think I found my roles from the important information you provided. The roles are mentoring and monitoring them rather than micro-parenting them during their high school journey and later on. As long as their academics are progressing, I will encourage them to be engaged and creative to their communities and surroundings as happy persons in their lives."

- Julie, mom of 9th grade twins

"Thank you so much Sonja for your time and for this free session! It was nice to see that in some ways we are on track and in some ways we can improve or start moving in a certain direction to better prepare our teen (and ourselves) for the next few years of high school and our teen’s next steps after high school. It was also refreshing to know we are not in this alone and other parents/families share the same fears/struggles/successes."

- Katrina, mom of 9th grader

"Thank you so much for such an informative masterclass this morning! Without it I won't know where to start. To some extent it also eased my stress about college admission a little bit. I am grateful for the wealth of information/links you provided in the followup email as well. I plan to dive into it and try to make sense out of it. You are right! Planning ahead for this process is a win/win situation for both parents and our teens. Thank you for pointing us to the right direction:-)"

- Rong, mom of 8th grader

The Parent University Semester Program is 12 live and interactive one-hour video sessions that take place every other week.

Between sessions, you’ll receive a specific strategy to implement that week to help guide your teen through college planning.

Let’s break these sessions down a bit.

Become the 
W.O.W. Factor

Options for Every Teen (1-3)

Options for Every 
Teen (4-6)

We Can 
Afford This!

Majors, Minors, and Careers…Oh My!

College List 
Architect

Freshman 
Admissions

Transfer 
Admissions

College Essay 
Genius Strategies

The Art of 
Writing

Demonstrating
Interest

College Apps Demystified

The Parent University Semester Program is 
12 live and interactive one-hour video sessions 
that take place every other week.

Between sessions, you’ll receive a specific strategy to implement that week to help guide your teen through college planning.

Let’s break these sessions down a bit.

Become the 
W.O.W. Factor

Options for Every Teen (1-3)

Options for Every 
Teen (4-6)

We Can 
Afford This!

Majors, Minors, and Careers…Oh My!

College List 
Architect

Freshman 
Admissions

Transfer 
Admissions

College Essay 
Genius Strategies

The Art of 
Writing

Demonstrating
Interest

College Apps Demystified

Become the W.O.W. Factor

Options for Every Teen (1-3)

Options for Every Teen (4-6)

We Can Afford This!

Majors, Minors, & Careers…Oh My!

College List Architect

Freshman Admissions

Transfer Admissions

College Essay Genius Strategies

The Art of Writing

Demonstrating Interest

College Apps Demystified

When you join the Parent University Semester Program, 
you’ll get over $2,000 worth of bonuses for free!

  • Bonus: College Admission Expert Concierge ($2000 value)
    Get access to a college admissions expert during your time enrolled in our program!
    Every session is led by Sonja Montiel, who has 20 years experience working in college admissions.
  • Bonus: College Confident Parent Podcast ($75 value)
    As a Parent University Semester "student," you’ll also receive our podcast series so
    you can stay on track with your sessions when you’re on the go!
  • Bonus: College Confident Parent Workbook ($75 value)
    Receive carefully designed agendas and materials to help you record and organize your reflections,
    research, and achievements completed with your teen as you work together to become college confident.  

I’m Ready to Join the Parent University Semester Program
by College Confidence® Academy

Full Payment

$2,199

Pay in full and save $221

Payment plan

$484 / payment

5 total payments of $484 each

When you join the Parent University Semester Program, 
you’ll get over $2,000 worth of bonuses for free!

  • Bonus: College Admission Expert Concierge ($2000 value)
    Get access to a college admissions expert during your time enrolled in our program!
    Every session is led by Sonja Montiel, who has 20 years experience working in college admissions.
  • Bonus: College Confident Parent Podcast ($75 value)
    As a Parent University Semester "student," you’ll also receive our podcast series so
    you can stay on track with your sessions when you’re on the go!
  • ​Bonus: College Confident Parent Workbook ($75 value)
    Receive carefully designed agendas and materials to help you record and organize your reflections, research, and achievements completed with your teen as you work together to become college confident.

I’m Ready to Join the Parent University Semester Program by College Confidence® Academy

Full Payment

$2,199

Pay in full and save $221

OR

Payment plan

$484 / payment

5 total payments of $484 each

Enroll Today and get these TWO bonuses, values at $350:

  • Bonus: Expert Support Building the College List ($175 value)
    After completing the "College List Architect" session during the program, you’ll receive
    30 minutes of individualized support in building a personalized college list.
  • ​Bonus: Expert Review of the College Essay ($175 value)
    After you have completed the "College Essay Genius" sessions and your teen has written a first draft of their college essay, your expert will conduct a comprehensive review of the draft which includes feedback on topic, tone, details, and overall impression from an admission officer's perspective.

Enroll Today and get these TWO bonuses, values at $350:

  • Bonus: Expert Support Building the College List ($175 value)
    After completing the "College List Architect" session during the program, you’ll receive
    30 minutes of individualized support in building a personalized college list.
  • ​Bonus: Expert Review of the College Essay ($175 value)
    After you have completed the "College Essay Genius" sessions and your teen has written a first draft of their college essay, your expert will conduct a comprehensive review of the draft which includes feedback on topic, tone, details, and overall impression from an admission officer's perspective.

Exclusive Facebook Access

As a member of the Parent University Semester Program, you’ll get access to the 
College Confident Parents private Facebook group.

Here, you’ll get additional live trainings and support, an ongoing community of 
parents who are in the same stage of life with their teens, and a place to ask and answer questions at any time!

This parents-only group will be another safe place to share your concerns, 
and also celebrate your wins!

Exclusive Facebook Access

As a member of the Parent University Semester Program, you’ll get access to the 
College Confident Parents private Facebook group.

Here, you’ll get additional live trainings and support, an ongoing community of 
parents who are in the same stage of life with their teens, and a place to ask and answer questions at any time!

This parents-only group will be another safe place to share your concerns, 
and also celebrate your wins!












Sonja is the founder of College Confidence®. She’s worked with students and parents on all sides of the college admissions desk for 20 years.

She believes that it's time for families and students to take control of the college admission planning experience in a way that's positive and within their budget. 

That’s why she created College Confidence® Academy—to teach parents and their teens how to plan for options after high school in a way that creates confidence, pride, and certainty.

She equips parents with tools that will be used throughout their teens’ adult lives, keeping them engaged with each other for a lifetime.

Getting to know Sonja, you’ll experience that she’s heart and soul when it comes to training, mentoring, guiding, and coaching families through this unique time in a family’s life of raising tweens and teens as they prepare to send them out into the world.

Sonja is the founder of College Confidence®. She’s worked with students and parents on all sides of the college admissions desk for 20 years.

She believes that it's time for families and students to take control of the college admission planning experience in a way that's positive and within their budget. 

That’s why she created College Confidence® Academy—to teach parents and their teens how to plan for options after high school in a way that creates confidence, pride, and certainty.

She equips parents with tools that will be used throughout their teens’ adult lives, keeping them engaged with each other for a lifetime.

Getting to know Sonja, you’ll experience that she’s heart and soul when it comes to training, mentoring, guiding, and coaching families through this unique time in a family’s life of raising tweens and teens as they prepare to send them out into the world.

The time to plan for your teen’s life after high school 
is coming one way or another.

… build a stronger relationship with your teen that will keep them motivated and give them skills and confidence that will last a lifetime?

… be prepared and ahead of the game by starting early so that college planning doesn’t turn into an emergency situation that causes stress and conflict?

… understand the true cost of a college education and make a budget that is realistic for your family’s budget?

… pace out all the to-do’s in a way that doesn’t interfere with your family’s already busy schedule?

… work with a college admissions expert who will guide you step-by-step through the process, so nothing gets left out or pushed to the last minute?

... be able to celebrate this time in your family’s life because you have a solid and manageable plan in place?

This isn’t wishful thinking.
This is what you can expect from the Parent University Semester!

The time to plan for your teen’s life after high school is coming one way or another.

… build a stronger relationship with your teen that will keep them motivated and give them skills and confidence that will last a lifetime?

… be prepared and ahead of the game by starting early so that college planning doesn’t turn into an emergency situation that causes stress and conflict?

… understand the true cost of a college education and make a budget that is realistic for your family’s budget?

… pace out all the to-do’s in a way that doesn’t interfere with your family’s already busy schedule?

… work with a college admissions expert who will guide you step-by-step through the process, so nothing gets left out or pushed to the last minute?

... be able to celebrate this time in your family’s life because you have a solid and manageable plan in place?

This isn’t wishful thinking.
This is what you can expect from the Parent University Semester!

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