College Funding Roadmap
We have created a College Funding Roadmap for parents trying to understand how to pay for college education. Our expertise brings together the college financial aid process with other personal financial planning issues that most families face. An important fact to realize is that paying for college is not just the financial aid process. Other financial strategies can lower your cost of education.
There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding college funding and financial aid. Our roadmap report will help you better plan and avoid some costly mistakes. The report is divided by grade with both academic and financial sections. Understanding where you are going and how to get there minimize your mistakes.
Where do I get started?
The college funding process is one of the most complicated financial processes that you will face in your lifetime. We have created a video library that contains various college funding topics. In addition to the topics, we have created programs by grade level. This will help you focus on your own personal goal. Listed below are the the ages and grades for our roadmap.
- Younger Children Grade 6 and Below
- Middle School Grade 7 – 9
- High School Sophomore
- High School Junior
- High School Senior
FREE EFC Calculator
Your Expected Family Contribution or EFC is the starting point for families to understand their financial aid position. This calculation is the result of you completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form. We have an on-line tool to help families estimate this important number.
Our free EFC calculator also provides an estimated CSS profile number that is used by some colleges in addition to the FAFSA process. The CSS profile number is an estimate, since many colleges weigh the financial information differently. The CSS calculation is unique to each school unlike the FAFSA that is a government process.
Please use these tools and the other free resources within this website to help you understand the cost of a college education.
To get access to the FREE College Funding Roadmap and EFC Calculator click here.