Plan Smart.  Save Big on College.

Make your family’s college journey more affordable and less stressful

When You Know More, You Won't Owe More!

Build your knowledge and streamline your college planning around three key areas:

College planning

Financial Readiness

Navigating the Numbers for greater clarity on true costs and your affordability factor

College Planning Tools for Financial Readiness

Paying for College - Your Sources of Money

Provides a quick snapshot of how much you could consider saving now to afford future college costs

9 Things You Need to Know About Net Price

Clearinghouse for information among state-administered 529 College Savings programs

Information and tools to understand the benefits of 529 College Savings Plans

A gift registry platform to help recipients save for college and pay down student loan debt.

Reports – Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid

Provides an approximation of the Federal EFC that is calculated when you file the FAFSA form

Office of the U.S. Dept. of Education – tools for understanding financial aid and other college planning topics. Find FAFSA form here to apply for federal financial aid.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: links to state higher education agencies for scholarship and grant information.

School Selection

Expand your list and dig deeper to find schools that are a better fit for your student and your finances

  • Academics – school support, quality of professors and mentors who interact with students, quality of the department of the student’s major 
  • Campus Life – campus community, extracurriculars, internship opportunities and engagement inside and outside of the classroom
  • Financial Fitness – includes whether school is financially friendly, offers generous need based or merit based aid, has high 4 year graduation rate and 1st year retention rate, and school itself is financially strong
  • Overall Value/Return on Investment – including future outcomes, job placement, income potential, transferable skills, grad school placement and success stories

Student Preparation

“Learning to earning” journey – Building educational and life skills to be better prepared for the college experience, and leading into post education life.

Develop a student profile that stands out in the college admissions process. The goals are to get in, get money, save money and ultimately DON’T overspend. The earlier the start the better, but start wherever you are.

Admission Factors

College Planning Tools for School Selection and Student Preparation


College search tool and financial aid information. Create an account to register for SAT/ACT, CLEP exams.


An interactive web tool that provides graduation, retention and transfer rates for nearly all four-year schools nationwide.


College search tool with comprehensive data points, developed by U.S Department of Education.


Protect your identity during the college planning process. Tips on avoiding student aid scams.


College search tool with easy pdf download of school profiles – money matters, admission requirements and financial aid info including the number students who receive merit scholarships


The National Center for Fair and Open Testing is working to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing. Provides list of 1,000+ accredited colleges and universities that do not rely on ACT/SAT scores for admissions.


College Salary Report: Research schools, majors and careers; discover which fields of study offer the most income potential and are most transferable to different career paths.

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