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In my experience, well meaning parents often do endless Google searches about colleges for their students. Students juggling busy demands try to complete multiple private scholarships.

FAFSA is the popular focus of many a financial aid workshop lead by people unequipped or in professional conflict to let you really know the biggest source of free money for most working families. Compliant parents pore over the complexities of the required FAFSA forms.

Do you know the return of actual additional free money for college received from all of these long and often tedious hours of effort?

Unfortunately, somewhere between little and ZERO.



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In sharp contrast, these recommended services below are top of field from my personal experience working with families looking to significantly lower their out of pocket cost for college.

Would you make a large consumer purchase like a car or a house without some professional guidance? The college decision and investment today is fraught with great financial risk for both parents and students who choose to go it alone.

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"Let's Talk College" is a very popular service to help personally guide your family. Integrates family finances, student's academic interests along with other important search criteria such as athletics.

A FREE no obligation family consultation with an experienced Advisor from a top national college advisory firm, College Assistance Plus.

CAPlus is an ideal service for families considering private colleges in their search. With a powerful proprietary database of financial and academic related data on 3,000 colleges, CAPlus can customize your unique search goals in any financial situation.

In addition, the valuable ongoing advisory support provides step by step guidance through the entire college preparation, selection, annual FAFSA submission and financial aid negotiation process. Annual support included through graduation with an undergraduate or advanced degree. Adult learners too!

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CAPlus's expertise and best fit lies in finding the biggest source of free money found at private school's themselves. Their personalized approach enables your student to find the right fit for them.

Reasonable professional advisory fees, very attractive discounts for additional children and an exceptional value.

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What Clients Are Saying



“…without your involvement, we never would have thought to approach the college directly…. We got the documentation together to obtain residency, created letters to send and were granted residency which translated to $20,000 in savings.

THEN we went back and said, 'don’t take away her out-of-state scholarship just because she is now a resident' and got OSU to maintain the $7,000 scholarship".

"We would like to express our appreciation for the service that our daughter received.

She is our first child to go through the college application process, and it was very intimidating for our whole family. You were able to create a clear, understandable path for our daughter.

As a result of all of this hard work, our daughter was offered three presidential scholarships at various colleges, including a full tuition scholarship to a private college.

Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you on our son's upcoming college search."

"HWS presented an above average financial aid award, however, it included some work study. With your guidance, I went back and asked that the work study be converted to either grant or scholarship to relieve the financial burden while allowing my daughter to focus on academics.

They came back with the conversion AND continued to keep her eligible for an equal amount of money through work study."