Applying for, getting into, and paying for college has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. The experience is not what most parents expect. That's why families are woefully under prepared for one of the biggest investments of their lives. This leads to unnecessary stress and families paying much more for college than is necessary.
That is why founder Beth Walker was motivated to create the Center for College Solutions - to take the mystery out of the process and ensure that parents never pay retail for college. While she has a successful financial planning practice, she also knew she wanted to reach even more families by helping them with the college planning process.
Center for College Solutions has been guiding families through the uncertainties of college planning for over a decade. Helping families realize and achieve their dreams is a sacred trust and, as a parent, I recognize all of the pressures that come from the process and why many families make decisions around college that are not in their best long-term interest.
By gathering together experts that address the 12 key areas of successfully planning for getting into, paying for and thriving in college, CCS is a resource for families all over the US to be able to reduce the cost, complexity and confusion regarding all things college.
Strive to help families realize their potential by empowering them through knowledge and confidence. By keeping their best interests at the forefront of everything we do, our servant leadership approach will help families set and reach the goals that are important to them.
Be Honest, Always
Doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing to do. Serve our families by being honest about the challenges both good and bad. Serve each otherthrough accountability and integrity so that we consistently strive to be who we are at our best.
Experiment, explore and experience life. Our creativity in how we approach the world will enhance our joy for what we do, and how we live.
Inspire the families we serve to dream big but stay grounded and do everything in our power to help them achieve their dreams. For ourselves, never fall prey to the alluring ease of small plans.
My most important role is being the mother of a college-bound student. My son, Mack, is the reason I’m on a mission to help fix the broken system of paying for college. My purpose is all about a better future - for our children, for parents and for our communities. That's why I believe in approaching college with a project management mentality – proven principles applied in a pragmatic and no-nonsense manner. I launched the Center for College Solutions, a collaborative coalition of professionals committed to making college an affordable reality for all families, because we can educate our future leaders without breaking the bank.
After 20 years of helping families achieve their goals, I know firsthand the range of emotions that families experience, regardless of where they are in the college planning process. Fear, guilt, embarrassment, shame – what parent hasn’t laid awake at night and cycled through those emotions? CCS is on a mission to guide families through the uncertainties of college and help them realize and achieve their dreams. I want parents to experience pride, joy, a sense of accomplishment and achievement... and yes, even relief. Helping families is my calling.
"I cannot stress enough how impactful you have been in [my son’s] life. We would never have found the school of his dreams without your guidance. This environment will give him experiences and nurturing that will bring out the best in him."
— Bonnie C., Parent