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College Q&A with Steve Shapiro:

Santa Cruz Sentinel Article from February 2005 – The Nightmare of Paying for College

Santa Cruz Sentinel Article from February 2006 – Advice for Stressed out Parents

Mid-County Post, October 2006

Santa Cruz Sentinel Article December 11, 2011

Local Educational Consultants

These local consultants help students with the academic side of college planning.  For specific information on their services, you should visit their websites or contact them directly.  They are not the only educational consultants in the area.  (Alphabetically)

Valerie Deutsch
[email protected]
831/ 427-2279

College Bound
JoAnn Schaper
831/ 655-2400

College Pathfinders    
Lauren Lindstrom

College Planning Academy
Jennifer Decker Wade
[email protected]

College Sense
Elizabeth Simms
[email protected]

DesignWorlds for College
Frona Kahn 

Duffy Grant
[email protected]


Jerilyn Kass 

Higher Standards Academy
[email protected]

Kevin Hislop
KRH Consulting


Kim Sammet
Kim Sammet College Counseling
[email protected]

Laurie Kiguchi
LK Consulting
Advising for Higher ED
[email protected]

Maggie Paul, College Writing Instructor/Editor
Support in writing the college application essay

Maureen Casey, MA, MFTi 
Casey Educational Consulting
c[email protected]

Options Educational-Career Counseling
Pat Moore
[email protected]


Helpful Websites

California Student Aid Commission
Cal Grant Information

Department of Education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Slug Books
Cheap College Textbooks

UC Blue and Gold
Financial aid for low and middle income families

Virtual Campus Tours

The College Solution

11 Great Websites to Research and Evaluate Colleges

Courtesy of Lynn O’Shaugnnessy – college consultant, author and speaker

  1. College Navigator
  2. Merit Aid
  3. College Board
  4. College Data
  5. College InSight
  6. Zinch
  7. Cappex
  8. College Week Live
  9. Unigo
  10. College Results
  11. 19 New College Apps

Links to other sites and consultants are for your convenience in locating related information and services.  Tuition Solutions Now (TSN) and Steve Shapiro do not maintain these other sites and have no control over the organizations that maintain the sites or the information, products or services these organizations provide.  Although TSN believes that the information and services from these organizations are reliable, we cannot guarantee completeness or suitability for any purpose.  Accordingly, TSN disclaims any responsibility for the content, the accuracy of the information or the quality of products or services provided by these organizations.