University of Virginia

Our mission is to help you pay as little as possible for college.

How do we do that?

Colleges love the fact that they do not have to be transparent. In any given year, there will be hundreds of different prices that the students at a particular school are paying. Colleges give varying amounts of financial aid. Some of it may be need-based, some of it may be merit aid. It is up to you to make sure you get the aid you are entitled to. That’s where we come in.

It’s also important to know that colleges are not all the same. Some colleges are very generous, and some are not. Your smart student may get lots of merit aid at one school and zero at another. We make sure you know what different schools are likely to offer you before it is too late.

Our cost-conscious approach focuses on your family’s specific situation. Every family is different. Your plan will reflect that.

Some of the items we cover include:

  • Financial Aid Planning Calendar
  • Sticker Price vs. Net Price Calculations
  • Finding Merit Aid and Need-based Aid
  • Maximizing Aid with Multiple Children
  • College Selection Strategies for the Most Aid
  • Understanding and Reducing Your EFC
  • Education Tax Benefits
  • 529 Plans
  • How Grandparents can best help paying for college
  • Understanding student loans
  • Financial Aid Package Analysis
  • FAFSA and CSS Profile assistance
  • Private scholarship searching
  • How divorce and separation impact what you pay

Free College Money Report

It only takes about five minutes to get your plan started. It’s a fully online, automated process. We’ll ask you a few key pieces of information, and then email you a detailed report of what your top colleges will cost. It is totally free, and there is no obligation.

For some families, the free College Money Report is enough to satisfy their needs. Other families will seek more guidance and answers to their questions, and will want to take advantage of the power of knowing what different colleges will cost their family.

If you are interested in working together, we have plans for both do-it-yourselfers and those seeking professional guidance. As you input more specific information about your family’s situation, we can run what-if scenarios about decisions that might impact your net cost, and we will guide you through the confusing financial aid forms. When your award letters arrive, we will help you decipher them to make sure the amounts are what you are entitled to. You will have online access to detailed reports on our parent portal, and you can add colleges to your list at any time, and get instant results.

To get started, simply send us an email.