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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)

CollegeAdvisory
Valerie Deutsch
valerie@collegeadvisory.com
www.collegeadvisory.com
831/ 427-2279

College Bound
JoAnn Schaper
http://www.collegeboundmonterey.com/
831/ 655-2400

College Pathfinders    
Lauren Lindstrom
www.collegepathfinders.com
831/247-9634

College Planning Academy
Jennifer Decker Wade
collegeplanningacademy@gmail.com
831/824-4838

College Sense
Elizabeth Simms
www.college-sense.com
Elizabeth@college-sense.com
831/428-4100

DesignWorlds for College
Frona Kahn
www.designworlds.com/college/ 
408/252-2285

Duffy Grant
duffygrant@gmail.com
www.duffygrant.com
831/818-2492

Heidi Lewin
heidi_l_bruce@gmail.com

Higher Standards Academy
Jerilyn Kass 
info@higherstandards.biz
ca.higherstandards.biz
831/515-7373

Karen Gill
kgillx5@gmail.com

KRH Consulting
Kevin Hislop
510/866-6417

College Retriever
Kathryn Pierno
http://www.collegeretriever.org/
kathryn@collegeretriever.com

Kim Sammet College Counseling
Kim Sammet
kimsammet@gmail.com
831/247-3104

LK Consulting
Laurie Kiguchi 
Advising for Higher ED
LKiguchi@sbcglobal.net
www.lkeducationalconsulting.com
831/421-9754

Maggie Paul, College Writing Instructor/Editor
Support in writing the college application essay
831/234-5266

Maureen Casey, MA, MFTi 
Casey Educational Consulting
caseyedconsulting@gmail.com
408/398-0010

Options Educational-Career Counseling
Pat Moore
www.options@cruzio.com
831/685-8100

Timothy Jaconette
tim@advanceadmit.com

Helpful Websites

California Student Aid Commission
Cal Grant Information
www.csac.ca.gov

College Transitions
https://www.collegetransitions.com/dataverse/

Department of Education 
www.ed.gov

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
www.fafsa.ed.gov

FinAid
www.FinAid.org

Slug Books
Cheap College Textbooks
http://www.slugbooks.com/

UC Blue and Gold
Financial aid for low and middle income families
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/paying-for-uc/financial-aid/grants/blue-gold/index.html

Virtual Campus Tours
www.campustours.com

The College Solution
www.thecollegesolution.com

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.