Planning Smart for College - How to Save Money Now on Your Child’s Education

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New programs offered by Keller College Services are designed to walk families through the college search, selection, and application process.

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“I’m constantly refining my college affordability strategies so that my clients are saving an average of $19,400 per year on the college bill.” Jean Keller, founder of Keller College Services.

Parents of college-bound students are starting to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s education. While the cost of sending a child to college may seem astronomical, parents needn’t panic, says Jean Keller, founder of Keller College Services.

“Many families believe they make too much money to qualify for financial aid, but that’s usually not the case and they end up leaving money on the table because they assumed that the colleges wouldn’t give them any financial assistance,” Keller says.

A former college and high school instructor, Keller founded Keller College Services in 2003 to help students struggling with their college search and how to finance their continuing education. Programs offered by Keller College Services are designed to walk families through the college search, selection, and application process. http://www.smartplanforcollege.com

Through their Smart Plan For College program, staff introduce students to three core principals to help them identify, apply to, and get admitted to the best colleges for them. “When you position yourself with the colleges, focus your time and attention on getting things done, and take action to close the deal with the colleges, we have found that it produces repeatable, verifiable results,” Keller says.

Additionally, unlike college counselors, staff work with parents to help them get the best value when it comes to their child’s education. “This helps ensure that out-of-control college costs don’t end up sabotaging their retirement, lifestyle, or their student’s future success,” Keller says, adding, “I’m constantly refining my college affordability strategies so that my clients are saving an average of $19,400 per year on the college bill. Over four years, that’s $77,600 that stays in their pocket instead of going to the college.” http://www.smartplanforcollege.com

Staff also guide families through applying for financial assistance. No matter what their circumstances, Keller advises parents to file all necessary financial aid paperwork, including the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if required by the college, a CSS PROFILE.

“Many colleges tie all financial aid requests, including scholarships, into completing the financial aid paperwork. While there are no guarantees the school will award you money if you file the paperwork, you can guarantee there won’t be money if you don’t file it. Plus, submitting the financial aid paperwork is like an insurance policy. What you can pay for college one day may not be what you can pay the next. If the college doesn’t have paperwork on file, it can limit their ability to help you should you find yourself in a position where you need it,” Keller says. http://www.smartplanforcollege.com

To date, over 500 families have benefited from Keller’s sage advice, including the Kappert family. “Michael was accepted to all of his colleges and his four top offers were worth over $137,800. Michael is attending his dream college, and we are happily saving over $25,700 each year,” they said.

The Kapperts are also grateful that Keller showed them how they could send their son to a college they thought they couldn’t afford. “I have been so fortunate that I have been able to help so many parents give their children the college educations they need and deserve—without them overpaying for that essential cornerstone of their child’s future success,” Keller says.

About Jean Keller

A former college and high school instructor, Jean Keller founded Keller College Services in 2003 to help students struggling with their college search. By following the core principals outlined in her Smart Plan For College program, Keller and her team are able to develop a customized plan of action to assist families in handling financial aid and admissions requirements. To date, Keller College Services has worked with over 500 families to help students find and apply to colleges that fit their needs academically, socially, and financially.

For more details, visit: http://www.smartplanforcollege.com

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