Ron owned his own construction business, while Laurie worked full-time for the government. And although they made a good income and had some assets, they were still worried about college costs.
You see, Sarah had her eyes set on some pretty expensive campuses, like Wesleyan University, Pomona College, and Cornell University!
And she really deserved to go. She worked real hard through high school for it.
Here's how they laid it out to me: "We want to help Sarah fulfill her college dreams. But at this point, it means tapping into retirement savings or taking on more debt. Is there any chance of getting enough financial aid so we don't have to? We were told we don't qualify."
A lot of families are told the very same thing. And a lot of families "automatically" assume that they don't qualify so they never even apply. BIG MISTAKE. The bottom line is most families can qualify for college financial aid - as long as you know the right strategies!
All we did with Ron and Laurie was apply 4 of my simple college cost-busting techniques. And if you think these are complicated methods, I guaranteed you, they're not. You'll be able to understand and use the types of strategies I reveal within minutes!
Anyway, this all resulted in a financial aid offering of $8,805 per year, or a savings of $35,220 over a four-year period! That's some serious retirement money!
And even though that's a lot of money, I've had many other clients who've had even greater results. What cost savings are possible for you?!?
Oh, by the way, Sarah ended up choosing Cornell University. New York, here I come!!
College Financial Aid Success Story #2: How A Simple Government Form Allowed This Student To Get Enough Federal Financial Aid To Pay For Nearly All His College Expenses!
Just so you don't think these techniques only apply to the higher income ranges, listen to what we did with Albert Arce.
In this case, Albert was the student. He pretty much was taking full responsibility for his education, although he was still a dependent student.
Albert was 19 years old and first year in college, attending Sacramento City Junior College at 3835 Freeport Blvd.
I liked Albert. Anyone would. He was open-minded and very ambitious. And he took it upon himself to make sure he'd be able to fund his whole college education.
He didn't want to rely on his parents. Dad was a good and proud mechanic, but they didn't pay him a whole lot. Also, a sudden retirement was a real possibility.
So it was important to preserve as much of their savings as possible. You see, Albert feared that retirement for his dad could happen anytime, for he had already been disabled for 8 months in the previous year . . . and he wasn't getting any younger.
After taking a quick look at their situation, all we did was implement one simple strategy. I had them file a tax form that would give Albert the most federal financial aid.
The result? Albert now qualifies for approximately $4,272 of federal student financial aid per year at Sac City JC - enough to pay for nearly all his expenses at this specific college. And he'll qualify for much more when he gets ready to transfer to a four-year university!
Albert and his family now live with some financial piece of mind. And why not? They've just wiped away some serious college money worries!
College Financial Aid Success Story #3: A Simple Letter and Phone Call Delivers An Extra $16,272 in College Financial Aid!
Let me tell you about one more client of mine. Kaye Sandbek's story is important because it illustrates the power of knowing HOW to negotiate.
That's right. Did you know negotiating for a better financial aid package was even possible? Now you do … and it's a whole lot easier than you might think! Check out her story …
Kaye contacted me after having read a news article about my services in her local paper. It was late in the process. Her daughter, Elizabeth, had already submitted her FAFSA application and other aid forms, and received an award letter from Oberlin College in Ohio. This is the school she really wanted to attend.
Kaye knew the only way to send her was to get a certain amount in financial aid. But Oberlin's offering was several thousand dollars short of where it needed to be.
At first she thought: "There's no way . . . we can't send her. How will I break the news to Elizabeth?"
I don't know what made her call me. She wasn't very hopeful at first. But I told her: "Don't give up just yet. Let's try and negotiate for a better aid package. We've had great success." She immediately perked up.
Here's what we did. I prepared a very tactful and pointed letter for Kaye written in a way that showed she was an educated financial aid consumer. We used a few key terms that showed we were "in the know".
The letter was followed up with a phone call and other written correspondence. She was coached every step of the way.
The results? The Financial Aid Director at Oberlin College, increased Kaye's aid package by $4,068 in grant aid - FREE MONEY! That's a savings of $16,272 over a four-year period! This stuff really does work.
Knowing how to negotiate is so valuable, I've devoted a whole section on it. You'll learn exactly how Kaye did it and how you can do even better!
Home | Testimonials | College Financial Aid Secrets | Contact Us