My College Planning Team is a consortium divided into two groups–educational consultants and financial specialists–and we work together as one team to serve our client families–parents and students–in the complete process. We collaborate to find your best-fit colleges for the best price.
Our combined commitment and expertise benefits you in numerous ways. We work to alleviate the stress and confusion associated with college planning No matter if you begin with financial planning or educational planning, our goal is to provide you individualized guidance to calm your journey through your college planning.
We work as a full-service team to assess, advise and guide you to find colleges that fit you, your aspirations and your budget.
We empower families of all income levels and students of all abilities to succeed in the college process.
Your goal is getting your college degree in four years, and our focus is to accomplish that through your best college matches–financially, socially, academically and more! We work to understand who you are and your individual needs to create your customized college list. We keep you on track through each step of the college search, application, selection process, and beyond!
Should you start with our financial consultants or our educational consultants? Either is fine; however, our advice is to start early. Our academic team works with students as young as 8th grade. Our financial team may leverage the most in your child’s sophomore year. If your child is a HS junior, this is the time to focus on test prep. For seniors, the application process is urgent. However, we will find solutions for you at any stage.
Our shared passion is to help all families attain quality higher education.
Our guiding principle is multi- faceted:
College Academic Team
Spearheaded by Stephanie Kennedy
Our educational consultants have years of direct experience in college admissions, academic advising, and student campus life. As former university professionals, we have experienced colleges from the inside. We know that part of matching a student to a college is looking beyond the marketing and understanding the campus culture.
Choosing your colleges is a decision not to be taken lightly. We constantly educate ourselves about colleges by visiting campuses, attending conferences, and meeting with college administrators across the country. We understand what it takes to create a stand-out application. We are masters of the college essay. We help find scholarships you didn’t even know existed. We create successful transitions from high school.
College Funding Team
Spearheaded by Jim Slowik
Finding the best college funding plan for your family is the primary goal of our professional team of college funding specialists. Our financial strategists create a game plan. We then work with our staff of certified financial planners, public accountants and attorneys to implement a customized plan for your family. We present specific financial options and implement solutions that will reduce college costs and increase financial aid without impacting your overall financial goals and savings.
Targeted Tutoring Team
Spearheaded by Jennifer Nevins, M.A.
Specializing in ACT and SAT preparation, our expert instructors use an approach targeted to your areas of need. We engage you in a way that will impact your scores quickly and efficiently. Customized for each student, we focus on achieving the best scores in the shortest amount of time–no long, weekly group classes reviewing what you already know! Our one-on-one tutoring saves families time and money.
Financial Aid Team
Spearheaded by Greg Putra
Our Financial Aid team has experience working in the college financial aid environment. We alleviate the anxiety of filling out forms to make the process stress-free. This team consults with the financial and academic teams as necessary in the final decision making, especially if an appeal is necessary.
Serving Chicagoland and Beyond
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