College Planning

Why use Professional Financial and Educational College Consulting?

We advise families on how to pay for their fair share of the cost of college. Additionally, quality and personalized college advice and counseling for students becomes difficult regardless of the school counselor's expertise. Budget cuts at many public institutions have forced schools to eliminate college counseling positions or have them manage more students. As a result, college related resources are often unavailable, not current or limited. Students need to get the individualized attention and gain the knowledge they deserve to maximize opportunities.

  • The college admissions process is increasingly competitive and complex
  • Students should remain up to date as college application requirements at universities change from year to year
  • If a family has two children they can expect to pay $250,000 to educate them at a New Jersey State College.

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What services do we offer to help families with this expensive and complicated situation.

  • One on One College Admissions Counseling
    • Our students work with admissions counselors, who are members of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), on the following:
      • Develop college school lists
      • Explore college majors
      • Investigate career paths
      • Understand the “ins and outs” of applying to college
      • Meet deadlines
    • Parents are informed with written reports that detail student progress and outline next steps in the admissions process
  • Admission Application Review and Tracking
    • Identify and track college admissions deadlines
    • Guide students on the completion of the Common Application as well as individual school admission applications
  • College Essay Counseling and Review
    • Assist students in developing and editing the common application essay
    • Assist student in developing topics for college admissions essays
    • Proofread and edit college admissions essays
  • Access to one of the best career search and exploration software programs
    • Conduct advanced search of careers, majors & studies based on specific student interests
    • Research colleges based on demographics & personalized areas of importance
    • Student results are reviewed in detail with his or her personal admissions counselor
    • Discuss successful ‘tried & true’ methods we’ve used to help students pick the right school throughout the years
    • Build a student resume to use for college applications
    • Match student strengths and skills to potential careers
  • Online SAT/ACT prep courses
    • 20 week curriculum designed to increase SAT/ACT test score
    • SAT/ACT Vocabulary builder
    • Lesson plans developed for both auditory and visual learning styles
    • Full length practice exams
  • Personalized College Scholarship Eligibility Report
    • Know EXACTLY which merit-based college scholarships your student will be eligible for
    • This report used in conjunction with the SAT/ACT prep software can be worth tens of thousands of dollars in additional merit-based aid 
  • College Funding Strategies
    • Calculate Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • Provide planning recommendations to reduce EFC
    • Provide financial aid award estimates for an unlimited number of schools
    • Provide recommendations for the best way to pay your share of college costs
    • Provide cost-efficient borrowing strategies to help keep financial goals in line while implementing cash flow strategies for the college years and beyond
    • Provide complete financial overview on college, cash flow, retirement & develop a plan to improve each area
    • Provide strategies that legally protect your savings & retirement accounts from the Financial Aid Formulas
  • Financial Aid Gathering and Data Processing
    • College Planning Checklist with all timelines & deadlines
    • Free Bonus – complete Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Register your student for the CSS PROFILE
    • Complete CSS PROFILE & walk families through all supporting documentation
    • Complete any additional forms required by the individual schools
    • Confirm the accuracy of the Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Make any necessary adjustments to the SAR
    • Advise and counsel on Stafford and PLUS Loan Applications
    • Provide protection from being overlooked for grants, scholarships or loans due to mistakes in your financial aid forms
  • Appeals
    • Spreadsheet up to 3 award letters and professionally evaluate if your offer was fair
    • Provide appeal letters if you were under-awarded
  • Online Resources
    • Provide Easy-To-Use Parent & Student Manuals
    • Provide a monthly E-Letter to parents & students to keep them updated in addition to a “Tip of the Week”
    • Financial Aid FAQ Page
    • Bonus Item: Copy of our “College Admissions: A to Z” handbook
    • Bonus Item: Copy of our “Student Success Handbook”