My College Planning Team works with families throughout the Chicago area and nationwide to tackle college planning from both an academic and financial perspective, helping reduce costs at each student’s best-fit college.
We’re a consortium divided into two groups: educational consultants and financial aid specialists. Our experts collaborate to guide parents and students through the college search, admissions, selection and financial aid processes.
Whether you begin with our financial aid planning services or our academic services, our goal is to provide you with individualized guidance throughout the college planning process.
Our full-service team will guide you to find colleges that fit your student’s unique 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. 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 high school 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.
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
Our college funding specialists will review your family’s financial situation to determine the best income, asset, borrowing and tax strategies to reduce your college costs. We also assist with the financial aid application process (including the FAFSA and CSS Profile), review your student’s financial aid award letters and, if necessary, help you appeal your student’s financial aid package.
Our independent 3rd party advisors, which consist of Certified Financial Planners, public accountants and attorneys, will present you with specific financial options to help reduce your college costs 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.
Serving Chicagoland and Beyond
Arlington Heights · Aurora ⋅ Barrington ⋅ Bartlett ⋅ Batavia ⋅ Bloomington ⋅ Bolingbrook ⋅ Buffalo Grove · Carol Stream ⋅ Carpentersville · Clarendon Hills ⋅ Darien ⋅ Des Plaines · Downers Grove ⋅ Dundee · Elgin · Elk Grove ⋅ Elmhurst ⋅ Fox River Grove · Geneva ⋅ Glen Ellyn ⋅ Glenview · Hinsdale ⋅ Hoffman Estates ⋅ La Grange · La Grange Park · Lake Zurich ⋅ Lincolnshire · Lisle ⋅ Lombard ⋅ Mokena · Mt. Prospect · Naperville ⋅ New Lenox · Northbrook · Oak Brook · Orland Hills · Orland Park · Oswego · Palatine ⋅ Palos Heights · Palos Hills · Palos Park · Plainfield · River Forest · Roselle ⋅ Schaumburg ⋅ St. Charles ⋅ Tinley Park · Warrenville ⋅ West Chicago ⋅ Western Springs · Wheaton ⋅ Wood Dale ⋅ Woodridge