Why Hire a Consultant

Deborah Shames outlines the advantages of working with an academic consultant in "Why Hire a Consultant".

Web Sites

US Department of Education:

  • Home page
  • Federal student aid - the source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance--from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid
  • Grant opportunities - Discretionary Grant Application Packages
  • College Navigator - research various colleges in the US
  • FAFSA Form - the Federal financial aid form used by schools
  • Profile Form - a financial aid form used by some private colleges

Financing College:

Finaid (free) - the smart student guide to financial aid. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools - on or off the web.

Student Loans:

College Data:

College Savings Plans:

529 Plans - information on state 529 plans

Important Stories:



The timing of how to get your college bound student into the right college can seem daunting at best when you first start to consider it. For a timeline of when to do what, consult our college entrance timeline.

Book List


This is a glossary specific to college admission and financial terminology

We focus on


Providing families with the knowledge to be able to find the best path to allow their children to attend college.

Professional Advisors

Providing professional college advisors with the knowledge to best serve those families that come to them for service.

Improving Accessibility

Advocating for families and advisors with the United States government to improve the accessibility of college for families.