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Students should never pay a fee to submit a scholarship application or to be entered into a potential recipient pool; this is a red flag, industry participants say. They should also avoid opportunities that tout a money-back guarantee. ‘If they are asking you to pay for free money, it’s a scam.’ says Shane Cole, a scholarship and college counselor at Addison Trail High School in Addison, IL.’

Wall Street Journal, “How to Avoid College-Scholarship Scams”” Quote by Shane Cole from MCPT, January 2, 2020

Contacting a school’s financial aid office can help a student stay in college when that package turns out not to be enough.  This I especially important now that families have to cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Collegiate Parent, “Struggling with College Expenses? Reach Out to the Financial Aid Office” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, February 14, 2020

“Now more than ever, middle class families need help figuring out how they can afford college.  With many families having to do more with less, knowing the ins and outs of the financial aid system can be key to helping them cut college costs.”

Link for Counselors, “You Don’t Have to Be an Expert to Help Families Afford College” Feature article by Shane Cole from MCPT, December 11, 2019

It doesn’t matter what you put your money into to save for college-starting as early as possible is universally the best decision you can make.”

Collegiate Parent, “The Smartest Ways to Save for Your Child’s College Education”  Feature article by Jim Kraiss from MCPT, CFP, September 16, 2020

“We know that adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work which has a huge impact on their overall life satisfaction.  With this in mind, it’s important for students to consider the value in selecting a career field that will bring contentment and spark joy.”

Collegiate Parent, “Career Exploration for High School Students-3 Steps to Follow” Feature article by Paige Buttels from MCPT, August 17, 2020

“Saving on college means more than just earning scholarships or financial aid awards.  It also means being wise at tax time so you don’t miss out on deductions that can save you money.”

Collegiate Parent, “Tax Tips for College Parents” Feature article by Billie Jo Weiss from MCPT, April 7, 2020

The best way to position yourself for a career switch is to have a clear understanding of what you do best and how you can add value to the company’s team, says career coach Ray Giese of My College Planning Team.”

Chicago Tribune, “How to prepare for a career change post-coronavirus” By Ray Geise from MCPT, June 08, 2020

“Unlike federal student loans, which have consistent interest rates and terms, emergency student  loans vary greatly by school,” says Teddy Nykiel, client service manager at My College Planning  Team, a financial aid advising firm. “Students should check with their school’s financial aid  office for details…”

 U.S. News, “Should You Get an Emergency Student Loan?” Quote by Teddy Nykiel from CMPT, August 2, 2019

“Start early, work on your project consistently, and be open-minded in your process,” said Stephanie Kennedy, an independent educational consultant and founder of My College Planning  Team.”

The Seattle Times, “Navigate the College Admissions Process Without Losing Your Mind” Quote by Stephanie Kennedy from MCPT, October 25, 2019

“At some colleges and universities, the more outside scholarship money students have the less  money they’ll receive from their college. It’s called “scholarship displacement,” and it often  comes as a shock to families who are counting on that scholarship money to send their student to  their dream school.”

CollegiateParent, “Are Outside Scholarships Worth the Trouble?” Featured article by Matt Grezetich from MCPT

“Students working as independent contractors — as rideshare drivers do — have the “unique  ability” to deduct certain expenses from their income and potentially keep their income under  the allowance, says Billie Jo Weis, a client service manager at My College Planning Team.”

NerdWallet, “What College Students Need to Know About Driving for Uber, Lyft” By Teddy Nykiel from MCPT, June 6, 2019

“Oftentimes, parents believe there is no point to completing the FAFSA,” said Lindsay Muzzy,  a FAFSA and student aid expert with college consulting service My College Planning Team.  “It is important to complete it regardless of if the family believes it will be eligible for governmental aid.”

Student Loan Hero, “Parent’s Guide to the FAFSA and Federal Student Aid,” November 14, 2018

“Considering that assets are assessed at a rate of 5.64%, it makes sense for many small business  owners to hold assets in their business, rather than personal accounts, during the college years.”

The Daily Herald, “How Small Business Owners Can Save Big on College” October 22, 2018

“When Jack Schact, cofounder of Naperville’s My College Planning Team, wants to hold a free  public workshop, he has no shortage of contacts to call. Over the last five years, his college  consultancy has built a remarkable network of partnerships with municipal organizations across  the area.”

The Chicago Tribune, “A Local College Expert With A Big Network,” Feature article by Joanne Levine from MCPT, September 19, 2018

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