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 are an award winning consortium of over 50 experts from the private and public sector who 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 financial team is comprised of certified fiduciaries who have a deep understanding of the financial aid system. Our academic team consists of several award-winning high school counselors, many who have been published in high profile media outlets such as Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, USNews, USAToday, Collegiate Parent, and other national media outlets.
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 students’ college degree in four years. Our goal is to accomplish that through the best college matches possible. We work to understand your student’s individual needs and to keep them on track through each step of the college search, application, selection process.
Should you start with our MCPT financial consultants or our college counselors? Either is fine; however, our advice is to start early. Our academic team works with students as young as 9th 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
We have over 15 high school counselors on our academic team to fill the gap for students who are unable to get the help they require from their own high school counselor. Our counselors help students develop a balanced college list, explore majors, edit essays, and offer other support in the college admissions process.
We also have educational consultants who have years of direct experience in college admissions, academic advising, and student campus life for students who require more in-depth assistance with the admissions process. Our educational consultants constantly educate themselves about colleges to help create a successful transition from high school to college.
College Funding Team
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
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
Our Financial Aid team has experience working in the college financial aid environment. 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