Services Offered

Confidential, Personal Consultations

College Finance Plan Construction: Provides help before, during, and after college in assessing various strategies for keeping postsecondary education as affordable as possible; then offers advice and recommendation on implementing such strategies. Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students, and/or ex-students.

FAFSA Completion Assistance: Helps explain and answer questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), plus when and how to complete and submit it. Additional assistance can be provided if your FAFSA subsequently requires corrections, updates, or verification. Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students.

College Affordability Analysis: Assesses each of the soon-to-be-college-student’s financial aid offers from different schools. Appraises their impact on the student’s net cost and gap to be covered after grants, scholarships, and work-study aid. If the student has zeroed in on a particular major and post-college occupation, it can also include a projected return on investment. Who can benefit: Parents and prospective students.

Educational Debt Management Counseling: Based the borrower’s personal circumstances and life plans, evaluates repayment options available to the borrower. Searches for options to faster debt elimination (including but not limited to debt cancellation, discharge, and forgiveness) or for reducing monthly payment amounts. Provides coaching on available deferment and forbearance options. Who can benefit: Parents and ex-students owing postsecondary education debts.

Contact College Affordability Solutions if you are interested in arranging an in-person or telephone consultation on any of the topics listed above.

Group Seminars and Workshops

Building a College Finance Plan: Offers information on a wide array of strategies and tools parents and students can employ before, during, and after college to help keep postsecondary education affordable. Also gives insight on how and when to initiate these strategies and access these tools. Can be targeted to focus exclusively on the before, during, or after phases to meet needs of audience. Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students, and/or ex-students.

Financial Aid 101: Grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, employer-provided educational benefits, and loan forgiveness programs – who provides them, what can be done with them and, importantly, how and when to apply for them. Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students.

Deciphering the FAFSA: Why submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? How are FAFSA data used? What information is needed to complete the FAFSA? The most common FAFSA mistakes and to you avoid them? Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students.

Personal Money Management for College Students: One way to reduce college costs and debt is for students to make smart choices about spending and debt. This features cost-saving tips about purchases in the typical student’s “market basket” and other ways to manage money before and during college. Who can benefit: Parents, prospective and current students.

Managing College Debt: How to get information about outstanding educational loans. What happens to them after commencement. Repayment options. How to reduce monthly payments. How to reduce educational debt more quickly. How payments may be temporarily suspended. Information on college debt forgiveness programs. Who can benefit: Parents, current and/or ex-students.

Contact College Affordability Solutions if you want to arrange for one of the seminars or workshops listed above to be delivered to your group.

Policy Analysis

College Affordability Solutions brings 42 years of higher education and student finance experience to postsecondary finance issues. If you need consulting help to conceptualize, design, or evaluate college affordability and financial aid initiatives, contact College Affordability Solutions.