University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Admitted: Now What? Helping you and your child navigate through the final stages of the college choice process

Join us to learn insider tips on helping your child navigate the final decision in the college choice process. Our panel will present on topics and concerns that parents and students need to resolve by the May 1 enrollment deposit date.

Below is a list of topics for discussion:

  • What are the benefits of enrolling at a public, private or community college; taking a gap year; or joining the military?
  • Why should we apply for financial aid?
  • Can I really negotiate my child’s financial aid award package? Understanding the FAFSA, CSS profile, awards, scholarships and total cost of education
  • When do I say no to taking out a student loan?
  • To visit or not to visit? Is it important to visit the campus?
  • How important is the May 1 deposit deadline?
  • Wait, I have more questions!

All sessions will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so advanced registration is requested. Bring your lunch!


Lee H. Melvin, the University at Buffalo’s vice provost for enrollment management, joined UB in 2013 and has 23 years of experience in admissions and financial aid. He has managed financial aid budgets of more than $235 million and held positions similar to his current post at both Cornell University and the University of Connecticut. He is widely known in national professional circles as a thought leader and strategist with expertise in international and diversity recruitment as well as econometric modeling. He is currently involved in helping launch the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a national effort to improve the college application experience.

John Gottardy also joined UB in 2013, as director of financial aid. He was previously director of operations in the Student Financial Aid Office at The Ohio State University and has nearly 30 years of experience developing strategic solutions for campus recruitment and retention. Prior to his work at OSU he served at Georgia State University, Arizona State University and Temple University. He leads a staff of 37 and manages an annual aid budget of more than $300 million.

There are two sessions to choose from. Please visit our Registration Form to choose from:

  • March 28, 107 Capen (Honors College) | North Campus
  • March 30, 100 Allen Hall | South Campus

Last updated: June 16, 2017 10:49 am EST