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We want to help you find the best-fit college for your child at the lowest possible price for you. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, please fill out the form below and our team will be in touch with you within 2 business days. We can meet with you via phone, video conference or in person at our Naperville office, where we adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.

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1001 Ogden Ave.
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Downers Grove, IL

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1717 North Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL

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Getting Ready for College

Our mission is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping students and families find their best-fit college at the lowest possible price. So in addition to helping our clients optimize their finances to increase need-based aid and improving test scores to increase merit aid, we recommend these resources to help families save money on college.

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Compare student loan rates

Even after applying money-saving strategies to increase financial aid for college, many students and families find themselves with a gap they need to fill through student loans and parent loans. While we generally recommend using federal student loans and parent PLUS loans, some families turn to private student loans.

When it comes to private student loans, we recommend Credible as a resource for comparing rates from multiple lenders without affecting your credit. The private lenders on Credible’s platform offer student loans and parent loans, as well as the opportunity to refinance existing education loans at lower rates.

Rent textbooks

Renting textbooks (instead of buying them) can be a way to save on college costs. You can rent textbooks through Amazon Textbook Rentals or sometimes through your college bookstore.

Dormitory Supplies

Not only can you rent textbooks, but you can rent furniture for your dorm room! You want to make sure your student is comfortable and feels at home when they are away at school. Rooms To Go is a great resource to find everything you need in one place.

Freshman Year for Free

Offered by the nonprofit Modern States Education Alliance, the Freshman Year for Free program allows students to earn free college credits. Here’s how it works:

  1. Students take free online classes created by Modern States. The courses are taught by professors from top colleges and universities and prepare students to test out of introductory courses via CLEP exams.
  2. After completing each course, students take the corresponding CLEP exam for free via a voucher provided by Modern States.
  3. Students send their CLEP scores to their college or university to receive credit. More than 2,900 institutions accept CLEP credits.

» LEARN MORE: Watch our interview with the executive director of Modern States

Our mission is to help you find the best-fit college at the lowest possible price. In order to do that, we’ve partnered with companies that we truly believe will help students and families. We may receive compensation for some of the products or services on this page, but trust that we have our clients’ best interests in mind.
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