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Xap Your Way Into College

Techstination feature for Wednesday, November 8, 2000

It's college application season. It's a lot easier on the Web. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. There are more and more sites online that can help parents and students zero in on the right schools... .and they can save you a lot of time and effort. At a site called that's X-A-P... ... CEO Allen Firstenberg... says necessity is the mother of invention...

"It came about many years ago when my youngest daughter was applying to college. She was applying to twelve colleges and as I walked into her bedroom she screamed at me... Dad, don't step on my applications. And I looked at them and they were all asking for her name..and they were all asking for very much the same thing so I thought it would be great if you could put your information in once, click a button and send the applications across the United States to whatever colleges and universities you want to apply to without having to do a paper application for each college."

Electronic applications make a lot of sense... .but you and your kids will find a lot more on the Xap site... .

"We have a one stop shop that takes care of everything from financial to preparing for college, planning for a career. It has a lot more functionality than any other site out there."

For instance, Xap links students directly with colleges... allowing messaging...

"We're working with about eleven hundred schools right now in terms of live systems but we have contracts for many others so by the end of next year there'll be eighteen hundred schools. What that means for students is that they can take a look at their educational opportunities... well actually, they can take tours and help select schools from all of the 36 hundred schools in the United States."

The site includes a scholarship search as well. You can find us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.