College Funding Is Evolving to The Virtual Stage!!

With the changing landscape of doing business in the digital age over the past 19 years, we’ve decided to take the leap and go virtual as of June 1st! Families are busier than ever (and construction work more cumbersome), and over the past 2 years we’ve gradually seen over 90% of the in-office meetings move to Face Time, Skype, the Ring Central app, and phone calls to work within everyone’s hectic household schedules.

Over the past 19 years we’ve seen the preference by busy families to move away from public evening seminars to online webinars and podcasts, the FREE initial consultations moving from in-office meetings to Face Time, Skype, and the Ring Central app, and the Parent/Student Meetings going the same way. As the result, we are generating a broader geographic network of clients that require digital/virtual service due to distance. Since October 2017 we’re only averaging 1.2 in-office meetings per week, so it’s hard to justify renewing another 3 year $30,000 a year office lease for space that is very seldom used.

As of June 1st, Garry and Shelly will be working from their home offices, and we’ve made the necessary upgrades to ensure you can easily reach us, and you’ll only need to know 2 numbers:

Main Phone: 952-997-3366   Main Fax: 952-953-9708

No longer will you need to have 3-4 numbers to reach us; just call the main phone line and you’ll be able to reach us during normal business hours. We’ve changed our mailing address to:

14870 Granada Ave., #289, Apple Valley, MN 55124

This is a private drop box, not an office building for dropping off material. Other than junk mail we only receive 2-6 pieces of mail each week due to the electronic transmission of data in our new digital age.

For our existing clientele that prefer a face-to-face experience, Garry will still meet with you in the Burnsville, Apple Valley area as you’ve been used to. Going forward, our NEW CLIENTS are being offered (2) fee levels of service: Our normal $1,295 fee for all our services on our new digital/virtual platform, and $1,695 if they prefer to have 4 hours of face-to-face time during the planning process in the Twin Cities metro area.

Our level of service will be enhanced as we’re able to more fully serve our families throughout the college preparation and planning process on a more convenient platform. This change simply means it’s easier to reach us and by holding meetings online, it will be easier to accommodate a family’s hectic schedule for meetings, and we can offer more interaction at more convenient times to meet family needs.

We’d also like to make you aware that we are very active on Social Media and hope that you like or follow us on one of the platforms we’re utilizing. We post helpful tips, office announcements and links to important registration information. This will help keep everyone on track and up to date, so we encourage you to like or follow one (or more) of the pages we have:

Facebook: College Funding & Consulting LLC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/C0llegeFunding

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/college-funding-consulting-llc/

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Calling All Fall High School Juniors!

For those of you, your friends, neighbors, coworkers and relatives that will have high school juniors this coming fall NOW is the time to start their college planning! The key to successful college planning is better and earlier planning and the beginning of the Junior year is critical!

With smaller in-state public universities averaging $20,000 a year and the larger “flagship” universities (like the U of MN-Twin Cities) at $28,000 a year, many families are finding out too late in the process that they can’t afford the schools on their students “target list”. Knowing the best schools academically and financially for their student is key and it simply has to be done before any college fairs and campus tours/visits!

Unfortunately, these are the latest nationwide statistics:

  • 10% of first semester students don’t return to school for the second semester
  • 34% don’t return for their second year of college
  • 21% transfer to a different school
  • 13% completely drop out of school completely!

I’m convinced it’s a “financial decision” for most families caused by the lack of informed planning up front, and not knowing the financial aid options available to them based on their particular financial and academic profile! All of this is avoidable with advanced planning that starts going into their junior year of high school!

With the Lutheran College Fair, the National College Fair, the Christian College Fair, and the Performing & Visual Arts College Fair touring 19 US cities starting this September and October, students have a great deal of work to do to get ready, and we can help if they start right away. This is what needs to happen in the next 30-60 days to be prepared ahead of this October’s college fairs coming to the Twin Cities:

  1. The Kuder Navigator Career Guidance and Information System will help them work through their Interests, Skills, and Work-Place preferences to determine the “suggested career areas” with the highest probability of success for them based on statistical data from 5 separate sources.
  2. From there, the Kuder Navigator Program will give them in-depth information on what each career area is, the educational requirements, the starting, medium, and high incomes, career growth potential, the common likes/dislikes for each career, and all websites available for further career exploration.
  3. From the “Suggested Occupations” areas, the student will select their “favorite occupations” and the resulting “target majors” to determine which schools have all of their “target majors”.
  4. Once we know their “target schools” and the family’s “financial situation”, we can determine which schools make financial and academic sense to consider going into the college fairs. There is no sense in connecting with schools that you can’t afford!
  5. While attending the College Fairs this fall, the student and family can get the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the Admissions Coordinators for each of the colleges so you can start a dialog with each of them to schedule “campus tours” and “admissions visits” during the fall and winter seasons!

While this may seem overly involved so early in the high school experience, it is exactly what will be required for most students and families to make a college education financially viable for the student and parents. Anything less and the odds of getting accepted into a 4-year college and managing the costs are greatly diminished!

With the time and effort required for getting accepted into college over the next 3 years, a family cannot use the “outdated” timelines of even 3 years ago. Most high school guidance personnel are not current with the “new timelines” for acceptance!

While we have the tools and expertise to help, it takes time to go through the process correctly! NOW is the time to get going! We have many families coming to us at the end of the junior year of high school thinking they are “early” in the process, but not realizing those timelines are about 3 years old given the number of college applicants in today’s world!

Use the “contact us” or call our office at (952) 997-3366, to schedule a FREE initial consultation for your upcoming high school junior this fall (consultation’s are held via phone, Skype or Face Time in order to work within everyone’s busy schedules).

 

 

Welcome to the NEW College Funding & Consulting website!

As you might have noticed, big changes are happening at College Funding & Consulting! We’ve overhauled and moved our website in order to provide visitors quicker access to our online webinar, which covers the admission and financial aid process as well as the services we offer. We’ve also included the links to our social media pages so you can like and follow us for daily information.

We’ll be publishing weekly on our website and hope that you check back to read the information, or subscribe to our blog post.

More information to come, so stay tuned!!!