Advanced College Funding Solutions partnered with CPN to help families determine the best colleges for their students. Together, we will successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so your student can attend the college of their choice – regardless of cost.

Where do we start in the college planning process?

The Planning phase is an extremely important part of the college admissions process. If you do not navigate this phase properly your student could end up taking 5 or 6 years to get an undergraduate degree. This has been the norm nowadays – costing parents tens of thousands of unnecessary dollars. Determining the best schools for your child is key to ensuring a successful college experience and beyond.

In this phase, we seek to:

…discover what makes your student ‘tick’, where their interests are, and what may or may not be a fit

…define what major/career path would be the best fit for your student, avoiding additional years and cost to their college experience

…recognize what your student needs to work on immediately to get them on the right track and focused on the college planning and admissions process

…develop the ideal criteria for building (and narrowing down) the optimal school list for your student’s unique, specific criteria and needs

…determine which schools your student has the best shot of ‘getting into’ so that you can make the best and most informed application decisions

…mentor your student on how to ask the right questions when visiting campuses, what to look for at the visit and determining how many colleges is the ‘right’ number.

…motivate your student, determine their ‘niche’, and get them excited to engage in this process

…and much, much more

How do we help our student get accepted to the schools of their choice?

The Package & Prep phase is the next extremely important part of the college admissions process. Now that you have determined what the ‘right fit’ school is for your student, you want to do whatever you can to ensure they get accepted. In addition, you also want to package and prep your student so that they look as good as possible on paper. By doing so, the colleges not only want your student to choose their school, but are willing to give additional funds to get them to go there!

We compare this to a small business that is on the market to be sold. The company wants to look as good as possible on paper to attract the highest possible price from interested bidders. Similarly, we want your student to look as good as possible on paper so that they attract the highest possible offers from the schools of their choice.

In this phase, we seek to:

…advise your student on how to build the ultimate resume, so it grabs the attention of the college admissions personnel

…consult on how to get great letters of recommendation from your ideal references as well as how to ensure the letters match the student’s stated college goals and aspirations

…guide your student through the college essay and explore strategic ways to maximize their ‘hook’ so that the student stands out to a college admissions committee

…coach your student on the admission application and determine which admission decisions make sense based on your student’s specific needs

…teach your student to maximize their SAT & ACT test scores using little-known strategies for boosting scores. Provide them with online tutoring and practice tests to prepare them for the SAT & ACT exams

…mentor your student on how to create confidence in executing a well thought-out and narrated perspective during a live college interview

…and much, much more

Because you’ll also want to package and prep them for a career post college graduation, we also want to:

…provide tools during college to ensure your student is staying on track, keeping their grades up, taking the right classes and holding them accountable to doing what they should be doing throughout college

…educate your student on how to land the ‘right’ internship to put them on the fast track to getting a job in their chosen field upon college graduation

…coach your student on building the perfect resume and other career placement strategies to attempt to increase their chances of getting a job in their chosen field upon college graduation

How do we afford and pay for our student’s education?

The Pay phase is a vital part of the financial aid and funding process. Now that you have determined what the ‘right fit’ school is for your student and they’ve gotten into that school, you need to make sure that you can afford to pay for it! This is where we seek to get as much funding as possible from the school for your specific situation.

In this phase, we seek to:

…determine exactly which merit-based college scholarships your student will be eligible for

…analyze whether or not ‘need-based’ financial aid will be a factor in your college planning and if so, how much you’ll be eligible for

…coach and advise your family on all applicable strategies to keep your out-of-pocket college costs as low as legally possible

…provide unlimited college financial aid award estimates for your family’s specific situation so that you can know in advance what to expect from each school you’re considering

…offer complete peace of mind knowing that our team of Financial Aid Forms Concierges will 100% complete all required financial aid forms for you (FAFSA completion is a free bonus for all of our members)

…inform your family on whether your award offer was fair or not (our expert Appeals Team spreadsheets and analyzes multiple variables to come to a conclusion on whether an appeal should be made)

…consult, coach and draft negotiation & appeal strategy for your family if an ‘unfair’ offer was awarded

How can we pay for college without sacrificing our other financial goals?

The Peace of Mind phase is where we dig in to determine the best way for your family to pay for college – regardless of the cost…. and ultimately become more financially set for life. This is accomplished by delivering time tested, proven strategies to send your students to college… as well as help you grow more financially secure every single day – without taking unnecessary risks.

In this phase, we seek to:

…design and implement a realistic working college funding plan aimed towards allowing your family to more easily afford to send all students to college – regardless of the cost; and ultimately become financially set for life

…review and analyze your family’s financial plans for college and beyond… and determine what can be done to improve your family’s overall financial situation and get you on the right path to becoming financially set for life – without taking unnecessary risks

…analyze where your money is flowing and strategize any opportunities that can improve how you pay for college as well as improve your overall financial picture

…map out all of your dreams in life to help determine the best path to take to ‘realistically’ achieve those dreams once college is funded

…architect your entire financial life down on a simple one-page plan that provides you with confidence and certainty of how you will pay for college as well as achieve your other long-term goals