What Parents Say

Steve,
Well, your suggestions worked. Again, thanks for all your help. We wouldn’t have survived this mess without you. You can rest assured we will be sending everyone we know in the same boat your way. Take Care.

— Richard B

We followed your advice regarding the funding of our daughters’ higher education. This has made a huge difference in our financial situation while they attend college. Thank you so much.

— Annabelle

I am so grateful for the information and guidance that you gave our family regarding financial aid and the labyrinth of college finance information. It all seems unfathomable to parents like myself! With your help, we managed to get some very critical financial aid for our daughter’s next year in college. You also gave us a better understanding of how to look at the whole picture and how to approach those that are able to give assistance to folks like ourselves who are struggling with the financial commitment to a good education. The forms and the process are so much less overwhelming now and I have someone to go to for expert advice in the future.

— Mary P

Your recent financial advice had a big payoff for which we’d like to thank you. To refresh your memory, we had a huge one-time increase in income . . . we followed your recommendation and wrote a letter of explanation [using the points you described] to the financial aid department and I am pleased to report that Sarah Lawrence granted a $10,000 increase in aid over last year’s package. Thank you again for the great advice. We are feeling much more at ease.

–Albert S

I was filled with fear … but you really helped me through all this … you made it simple, answered every question and took a lot of stress out of it.

–John S

Your advice saved us several thousand dollars.

–Mariabruna S

Thanks for your help with the financial aid process and in evaluating the offers we received from my son’s top two colleges.

With your help, we were able to save thousands of dollars in tuition, by clearly presenting the challenges of our financial situation to the financial aid officers. You helped make an intimidating process less so through your patient explanations and clear guidance.

I strongly recommend that any family applying for college financial aid use your services. I know many families don’t bother because it is too complicated, and they don’t expect to get any benefit. I think that they will be surprised at how much they can save, by spending well-focused time on the process.

— Jeanette C

Thank you for your invaluable assistance in helping us plan our daughter’s college admission and financial aid applications. Our daughter received several extremely generous financial aid packages from major universities, and now has the privilege of attending a university of her choice. We feel she deserves the opportunity, because she worked hard for it. At the same time we firmly believe that it wouldn’t be happening without your timely advice. We will always be grateful to you for your part in helping our daughter have the college experience she’s dreamed of.

–Craig & Michelle B

Many thanks for your advice which has been very helpful in making our son’s dream of attending Stanford a reality! We last met with you in October before John’s college applications were submitted. In mid April, we requested a revised offer from Stanford’s financial aid office and Stanford did match Princeton’s offer. John accepted Stanford’s revised financial aid offer of a 30% scholarship along with their early action admissions offer before May 1st. Thanks again!

— Jane & Ralph H

In February 2012, we heard your speak at the high school when our daughter was a junior. We listened, took your advice and we did our research. Our daughter has chosen to attend the University of Redlands. With scholarships, grants and a small loan, she gets a “discount” of more than 60% off tuition, room and board. The best part is that my husband and I can fund the remainder without taking out any loans or eating ramen noodles for the next 4 years. If she had chosen to attend a state or UC school, we would have paid so much more. Thank you so much for all of your advice and for your newsletter!

–Laura L