My College Planning Team is a consortium divided into two groups–educational consultants and a variety of financial aid specialists who each serve our client families. We collaborate to find your best-fit colleges for the best price.
Our combined commitment and expertise benefit you in numerous ways. We work to alleviate the stress and confusion associated with college planning No matter if you begin with MCPT’s financial aid 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 MCPT 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 MCPT financial team also encourages families to start as early as possible. If your child is already 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 in the process.
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 Billie Jo Weis
Finding the best college funding plan for your family is the primary goal of our professional team of college funding specialists. Your Client Service Manager will create a customized game plan that leaves no stone unturned to reduce your college costs. They will assist you with your FAFSA, CSS Profile and other financial forms. They will also review your award letters and help you through the appeals process. Finally, our independent 3rd party advisors, which consist of certified financial planners, public accountants and attorneys then will then help implement your plan in a manner that is best for your family and will present you with specific financial options that will reduce college cost, without impacting your overall financial goals and savings.
Targeted Tutoring Team
Spearheaded by Linda Gump
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 Matt Grzetich
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 MCPT financial strategies team and academic teams as necessary in the final decision making, especially if an appeal is necessary. Our student and parent loans specialists are also available to show you the best loan options available to you and your student.
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