Noted College Admissions Advisor Encourages Families to Enroll Their Children in the Florida Prepaid College Plan

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Independent Miami college advisor Mandee Heller Adler of International College Counselors encourages families to enroll children as young as newborn in the Florida Prepaid College Plan. The prepaid plan locks parents into a set price for higher education costs that is significantly lower than it will be if they wait until their child is of college-age.

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Think of the Florida Prepaid College Plan as an insurance policy against rising higher education costs.

The 2012-2013 annual enrollment period for the Florida Prepaid College Plan has begun. This college plan allows parents to prepay higher education costs at a set price for newborn children and older. Mandee Heller Adler, a noted independent Miami college advisor and founder of International College Counselors, recommends that Florida parents or grandparents enroll, or seriously consider enrolling, if they have not done so already.

Currently, families can select one of four Prepaid Plans. The plans will cover the cost of tuition and most mandatory fees at Florida’s 12 state universities and 28 colleges.

The deadline for this enrollment season is January 31, 2013.

“Parents or guardians who enroll their child in the Florida Prepaid College Plan will in time pay less for college. If they wait to pay when their student is ready for college, the families will be paying more. Think of the Plan as an insurance policy against rising college costs,” said Mandee Heller Adler

The value of the plan may be transferred to any eligible educational institution if the student decides to attend an out-of-state university, technical school or a private college in Florida. If the student decides not to go to college, the plan may be transferred to another family member. The plan can also be cancelled with families receiving full refunds at any time. The student has 10 years from the projected college enrollment date to use the plan benefits, not including time spent serving in the military.

“If you plan to enroll your child at some point, do it now. Don’t wait until next year. Each year for the past six years, the costs have been going up,” said Adler.

The Florida Prepaid College Plan is financially guaranteed by the State of Florida and protects the buyer from tuition inflation, explained college consultants at International College Counselors. To qualify for a plan, the child or the child’s parent/guardian must be a Florida resident.

According to WJHG News Channel 7, Florida families have purchased more than 1.5 million Florida Prepaid College Plans since 1988. Approximately one in ten children in the state has a Florida Prepaid College Plan.

For more information on the Florida Prepaid College Plan or college admissions, contact the expert independent college counselors at International College Counselors at


International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications to domestic and international students. The college counseling and college coaching services are tailored to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student.

This year, college advisors at International College Counselors helped more than 200 students find, apply to and gain acceptance into the college of their dreams. The expert college counselors at International College Counselors are dedicated to helping students and their families successfully navigate the college application process.

International College Counselors has offices in White Plains, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Miami Beach, Florida; Miami, Florida; Coral Gables, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; Boca Raton, Florida; Medellin, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela.

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