College Planning Services
There are a lot of components in successful college planning. We have distilled them into 12 critical components. Here are the college planning services we provide to families with college-bound students.
When students understand their strengths, personality type, and learning styles, they can choose an appropriate career and be more effective in college.
Get the Right Mindset
The right mindset for college students can be the difference between success and failure. That is why we provide Charmas Lee's Coaching Champions curriculum. It provides students with the right mindset for succeeding in college.
Match Qualifications to Colleges
Prep for College Admissions
Gain Self Awareness
Choosing the right colleges where your student should apply is critical to not paying retail for college. Using your student's GPA, test scores and strength of their high school curriculum combined with the CAP index, we assess what colleges your student should consider targeting.
The college admissions process is complicated. That is why we provide a central repository, schedule and support for the important components of college admissions: submission deadlines, test dates, essay organizer, and help with making essays effective.
Select Right Fit Colleges
Based on colleges identified and the family financial resources available, we help families choose which colleges where students should apply. They are the ones most likely to accept the student, have the desired major, and are likely to offer a "lower than retail" price for you.
The vast majority of scholarship money comes from the colleges where you apply. We focus on finding the best scholarship options at the schools on your college target list.
Compare Award Offers
When families receive award offers, they do not have a good point of reference as to whether it is a good offer or not. We provide you with comparisons from that school for similar students as yours, so you can decide if it is a good offer or if you want to make an appeal.
As students head off to college, they experience a new level of independence. However, there can be roadbumps for the unprepared. We provide HIPAA & FERPA directives, college finance 101 coaching, and stress management support to ensure the transition is successful.
Assess Scholarship Options
Apply for Financial Aid
Completing financial aid forms (FAFSA and CSS) is about as much fun as doing taxes, and most accountants will not help. We collect the necessary data and complete the forms for you. This ensures accuracy so you get the most aid to which you are entitled.
Far too many parents dip into their retirement money to pay for college. We work with your financial advisor to understand how you can pay for college and maintain your current lifestyle while staying on track for retirement.
Calculate Cash Flow for College
Once you are on track for retirement, we help you calculate the family working contribution. This includes identifying the college budget, the family budget and from where the resources for college come. And if necessary, we also look at loans or other funding options.
Estimate Family Contribution
Assess Retirement Readiness
What colleges expect families to contribute each year to their student's college expenses can come as quite a surprise. We help you understand what it will be before your student applies to college, so the schools you target can be affordable for your family.
"Having a guide for this whole process has been extremely helpful. Beth’s practical, yet personal, advice has been just what we needed. Finding that sweet spot where our kids’ dreams and goals meet what we are able to provide has been so valuable."
— Marni V., Parent