|Why should I use your services?|
| ||A: The number one answer
to this question is our experience. We’ve worked with many families in addition to having spent thousands of dollars
of our own money to investigate the subject and learn the answers to what works and what doesn’t. We have over
1500 hours of research time invested in the rules and regulations of the Department of Education and we have read and are
familiar with things like the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, which is hundreds of pages long, which most parents have
never heard of, let alone, taken the time to go through it. We continue to spend over 15 hours a month in steady research
and keeping up-to-date on the latest tax laws, planning laws, pending legislation and college rules as they affect parents.
part of nationwide organizations, we have the resources to pay big money to research each individual school so that we can
give you statistics about what type of award package these schools give on average to families. If there
is a pattern going on, we know about it. Last but not least is so you won’t have to spend the time and energy
hassling with it yourself – you can leave the time and worry to us on this one. |
|Can’t I do this all myself? |
| ||A: Yes, absolutely you can, just like you can do a lot of other things yourself.
You can practice law yourself and make your own wills, be your own doctor by diagnosing things on the internet,
be your own plumber and fix things yourself. The reason again, for working with us is for our time and expertise so
you don’t have to hassle with it. If you’re thinking along these lines, let me ask you another question;
when was the last time you did something really good the first time you tried it? Do you remember
when you were trying to ride a bike? How many times did you fall? Do you remember when you
were learning to drive a stick shift car? How many times did you stall in that learning process? Well, by the
same token, how much will it cost you if you miss just one of the many college deadlines? How
much will it cost you if you fill out a form incorrectly and include an asset that shouldn’t be included or if you apply
to the wrong type of schools in general? How much will it cost you if an asset is in the wrong place or something is
valued incorrectly? Remember,
we’re talking about a decision (college) that on the low end will cost you $48,000.00 to $60,000.00 total at a state
school and on the high end, can be upwards of $200,000 per child. You have
to decide if it’s worth it to hire someone with expertise who can work on this for you, so you don’t run the risk
of messing it up yourself.|
|But can’t the financial
aid department help me with this?|
That’s a real common misconception. As far as colleges themselves helping you, remember,
their sole purpose is to get you to pay as much as humanly possible for the college experience. If getting
your kid to go to their school requires you borrowing and being in debt for the next 30 years, they frankly do not care.
Their interest is in getting their money. Another way of looking at this is, would you go to the IRS to ask for
help on lowering your taxes? No, you wouldn’t. Well that’s the same as
going to the financial aid office to ask them with help for lowering your college expenses.|
|What if my student doesn’t know what they want to do or doesn’t know where they want to go, wouldn’t
it be a waste of time for the service?|
No, in-fact, that’s the exact reason to hire us in the first place. Remember, our service includes
private meetings with your student, which includes a college search, a career profile, and a complete discussion of how to
pick the career of their dreams. All of the things that many parents feel that their students aren’t getting elsewhere.
We will be working on that every step of the way and holding your hand throughout the process.|
|Can’t my accountant or financial advisor help me with this?|
| ||A: NO.
CPA’s are excellent
at strategies to reduce your income taxes, but most are not trained in the college financial aid process. Tax strategies
used to reduce your tax bill can cost you thousands in lost financial aid dollars. GOOD TAX PLANNING MAY EQUAL BAD FINANCIAL AID PLANNING! We are Financial advisors by background and Financial advisors are typically skilled at helping
you create and protect your wealth. However, the financial aid formulas are designed to see this wealth and that will
cost you dearly in lost financial aid dollars. Parents need to know where to hold their money and how to legally and
ethically position their money for purposes of financial aid and lowering their out-of-pocket college expenses.
Where you keep your money could be the difference between getting thousands of dollars and nothing!
We think everyone should pay their fair share for college – but we don’t think anyone should have to overpay
simply because they didn’t know the rules of the game!|
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