Comprehensive College Planning
Looking for guidance about the college admissions process and financial aid strategies to pay for college? You’ve found it!
College Planning Services
For Families With Younger Children
I work with families to plan for their child’s future by examining their current financial situation and projecting what their student will need for college. I calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of today so we have a place to start. Taking into account the number of years until your children are in college, how far you are from retirement and using a combination of investment vehicles, we put a sound financial blueprint in place for your children. We monitor it from year to year and as we get closer to high school, adjust the plan accordingly.
For Families With High School Students
I gather the family’s financial information and calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) using the same exact factors that are used by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). I also provide an invaluable report (sample report) consisting of a side-by-side comparison of the schools that your child has chosen to apply to and what that looks like in terms of the family’s specific financial situation. We then build a step-by-step plan to pay for college and minimize any debt for the family. We review the plan year to year to make any necessary adjustments.
Financial Aid Forms Assistance
I help parents fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile). In addition, I answer questions about IDOC and explain the nuances on the forms based on each family’s situation. Once an offer of admission and financial aid has been made by the school, I help parents negotiate their financial aid offers, if necessary.
College Debt Management
Sometimes families have no choice but to take loans in order to pay for college. There are several types of loans that families can take – loans taken by students and/or parents and/or private and federal loans. All of these loans can have a long-lasting impact on a student or parents’ financial picture and goals.
“Tanya saved my relationship with my daughter during the highly stressful, months-long college research and application process. Most juniors/seniors, mine included, seem both greatly annoyed and utterly fragile about any utterance from a parent regarding college. Tanya provided a welcome buffer and also had the credibility with my daughter that apparently I didn't! She told me Tanya provided her with so much moral support as to all her decisions that she felt very comfortable confiding in her through every step of the process in a way she couldn't do with other adults in her life. Tanya was also very knowledgeable about colleges all over the country and helped us smartly winnow her list of schools down to the places that were truly right for who she is - a feat I now hear in hindsight that many of my daughter's peers surprisingly did not do well. Finally, I would be remiss in not mentioning the effort Tanya painstakingly invested to help her refine and reflect the ideas she wanted to convey in her college essays. The moment we danced around the kitchen after she found out she was accepted Early Decision to her absolute first choice, Tufts, was a memory I will carry in my heart forever, and I thank Tanya for the significant role she played in helping to make it happen. Tanya is Worth. Every. Penny -- don't hesitate."
– MICHELLE L.
“Tanya was very thoughtful about our situation and helped us understand the financial aid process. We will go back to her every year while our son is in college to guide us through the process.”
– JUNE M.
“Tanya did a great job in researching the issues I needed to understand regarding college curriculums and financial aid for a reasonable price. She saved me hours and hours of work!”
– STEVE R.
“I was surprised to learn that families with six-digit incomes can still be eligible for need-based financial aid.”
– NAOMI T.
“Thank you for helping me understand the financial aid process and the importance of filing the FAFSA as soon as possible. You made a confusing world of paperwork and numbers so much easier to understand and complete. So grateful for you!!”
– MEGAN K.
“I really enjoyed the workshop that Tanya Aure presented on how to pay for college. I found her workshop very informative, she gave us a wealth of information and tips that came in handy.”
– SANDRA D.
“We had no idea how we were going to pay for college for our son. After working with Tanya, we are in a much better position to pay for college and are relieved to have a plan in place. Thank you, Tanya.”
– MIKE A.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Find resources for filing the FAFSA and other scholarships available to your family to get the most out of their college experience.
How to Connect
Complimentary Initial Consultation
Request an in-depth consultation with Tanya to discuss your concerns about how the college admissions and financial aid processes work, where your student is in the college process and how you, as parents, are planning on paying for their education.
This is a 45-minute consultation.