Optimum results are achieved when we are able to work with your student over a significant time period. This allows us to build a solid working relationship with student and parents. It also allows unhindered and unlimited access to your SFC Advisor/Coach throughout the process. We recommend getting started as early as 9th grade if college financial planning is required. We usually start admissions counseling toward the end of 10th grade.
Our Core Services are delivered through two Comprehensive Programs. Your choice of program is governed by your financial preparedness for college.
- Comprehensive Program Option 1 is for those who are not concerned about the cost of college and are prepared to pay the full cost of attendance at any college to which the student admitted. We work with the student to identify colleges that “fit” academically, socially and personally. Then, we assist with applications, essays, final decisions and everything in between from A-Z. The only topic off the radar is college finance.
- Comprehensive Program Option 2 is for those who are concerned about college cost, how to fund the cost of higher education for one or more students, how to manage the complex college aid system, aid applications and how to qualify for both need-based grants, merit-based scholarships and low interest/no interest loans for both students and parents. It includes Option 1 plus management of the entire funding process.
These programs are priced to provide the BEST VALUE as compared to charging by the hour or providing an a la carte menu of services. Each comes with this guarantee: If your student does not return to college for second semester for reasons other than grades or disciplinary action, we will help the student find a new college at no charge. Experience demonstrates that the price of these services is returned many times over.
Your SFC Advisor can provide additional details on our pricing and 10 month payment plans.
A few highlights of our core services …
- Private account in College Planner Pro
- Thorough personality/major assessments with career professional, (minimum of 2 meetings)
- Discuss standardized testing strategies (ACT vs. SAT)
- Provide Diagnostic ACT/SAT (as needed)
- Broad discussion of student’s curriculum & GPA calculation
- Provide feedback from ACT/SAT diagnostic and recommendations for ACT/SAT prep
- Evaluate student’s competitive position with College Admissions Profile (CAP) Index
- Discuss preliminary eligibility for CAMPUS BASED merit scholarships
- Identify up to 20 colleges that fit family search criteria
- Provide visit and interview counseling
- Discuss finer points of “demonstrated interest”
- Brainstorm with advisee on extracurricular and vacation period activities, work, volunteering
- Review student observation after four college visits (or acceptable substitute activity)
- Arrive at final list of 6-8 colleges
- Review Personal Statement (essay) & deadline for completion
- Discuss letters of recommendation strategy
- Review Common Application registration & overview
- College Essay Writing Workshop
- Review 8 completed applications:
- Review online Common Application
- Review Common Application Personal Essay
- Review Common Application College Specific Supplements
- Review Common Application College Specific Supplemental Essays
- Review and discuss additional required admissions forms
- Provide detailed aid eligibility analysis, financial aid, and scholarship estimates
- Design college funding plan
- Recommend outside financial professionals as needed to implement advanced planning
- Determine financial “boundary conditions” for college selection (if appropriate)Discuss financial aid forms
- Provide guidance for obtaining FSA IDs for parent and student, and CSS Profile login
- Manage financial aid application process for FAFSA and if required, CSS Profile.
- Review financial awards (as appropriate) & clarify family financial obligations to the college
- SFC Advisor available through first term of first college year