American College Funding

Our Services

Our services are varied and offered by professionals from all over the country. Your student(s) will be working with a personal admissions coach who will be interviewing them, helping craft a life plan, identifying a major that is congruent with their goals and ambitions, identifying a college (or several) that meets those needs, and devising a plan to position them for a successful admissions process and college experience.

They will receive help on essay writing, interviewing and the admissions process. We will provide help in preparing for the SAT and ACT tests through our proprietary online test preparation courses. Rather than spending days preparing, your student(s) will get the same results in just a few hours as we have stripped out all the fluff and left just what you need to ace the tests!

You will receive help in determining which colleges are most apt to provide you with the financial aid you require...in the best form (more free money, fewer loans!)

We will provide help in filling out the FAFSA (or we will do it for you), the Profile, and any college-specific financial aid forms, so that they go in "on time and right the first time." We will help you make any necessary changes to the SAR form, again on time and right the first time. And we will review your award letters and compare them with the colleges' established guidelines and awards history to be sure your student’s package measures up. If not, we will help you appeal.

And then we will help you start over every year so that you continue to get the best financial aid package you have coming to you.

STUDENT COUNSELING (meet our counselors HERE).

1.    Student assessment

2.    Personality profile evaluation

3.    Advanced search of careers, majors and studies based on specific student interests

4.    Innovative college search based on demographics and personalized areas of importance

5.    Personalized private student interview – designed by a Ph.D., an M.I.T. graduate, and a former university professor extremely knowledgeable about admissions practices

a.    The interview will be conducted by an NACAC certified admission counselor – many who were previously admission officers at major universities across the country

b.    Written report will be provided to the parent and advisor along with a summary of the interview and recommendations for the student

6.      SAT prep course entitled “The Little-Known Secrets of Acing the SAT!”

a.    This “Cliff Notes” SAT prep course has eliminated the “filler” of most SAT prep courses and just focuses on the most essential key strategies of how to ace the SAT!

b.    On average, students who have participated in this course have increased their SAT scores by 225 points!

7.      ACT prep course entitled “everything you must know to master the ACT!”

a.    This “Cliff Notes” ACT prep course will give you a treasure chest of tips and strategies on how to master the ACT!

b.    On average, students who have participated in this course have increased their ACT scores by four points!

8.      Personalized college scholarship eligibility report

a.    Know exactly which merit-based college scholarships your student will be eligible for.

b.    This report, used in conjunction with our proprietary SAT/ACT courses, can be worth tens of thousands of dollars in additional merit-based aid.

9.      Admission application review

a.    Our very own in-house admission consultants will review your admission application to make sure everything is the way it should be.

10.  Admission essay review

a.    Your very own private NACAC certified counselor will review, edit and critique up to three essays for your student

b.    These essays are an essential part of the college admissions process and often times, are the student’s only real chance to shine!

11.  In-depth personalized analysis on your chances of enrollment at up to four colleges

a.    Know in advance your chances of admission at over 150 of the nations’ top colleges (including the Ivy League!) – with a 94% accuracy rate!

b.    Developed by Ivy League-educated experts that assess hundreds of variables – from extracurricular activities to GPA – and tells you exactly how likely you are to get into each college.

c.    Stop sweating bullets and losing sleep wondering if you’ve got a shot at admission!

d.    Unlike many counselors who use broad labels such as "reach" or "safety" schools, our report quantifies your chances of getting in using statistical formulas and mathematical percentages. We combine our admissions expertise with advanced statistical analysis to give you your probability of admission at the colleges you are considering. Knowing whether you have an 83% chance of getting into a college or a 35% chance enables you to make the best and most informed application decisions.

12.  Follow-up student /parent Q&A interview with your very own private NACAC counselor / admissions coach

a.    You will have access to a personalized Q&A follow-up interview with your NACAC certified counselor / admissions coach where both the student and the parents can ask any follow-up questions you have about schools, admissions, applications, things you need to be doing now that you’re down to the wire, etc…

13.  Unlimited Q&A email access to our highly-acclaimed expert SAT / ACT team.

a.    You have unlimited email follow-up with our exclusive SAT/ACT experts where you can ask any follow-up questions in regards to the SAT and ACT courses.

b.    Have “on-call” experts on your side!

COLLEGE FUNDING STRATEGIES

  1. Calculate expected family contribution (EFC)
  2. Provide planning recommendations to reduce EFC
  3. Provide financial aid award estimates for an unlimited number of schools, and recommend additional schools to be considered
  4. Provide recommendations for the best way to pay your share of college costs
  5. Provide tax-efficient borrowing strategies, along with cash flow strategies for college years and beyond
  6. Provide complete financial overview on college, taxes, cash flow, retirement and develop a plan to improve each area
  7. Provide strategies that legally and ethically protect your savings and retirement accounts from the financial aid formulas
  8. Provide strategies on how to possibly use your home equity so that it helps, rather than hurts, in the financial aid formulas
  9. Provide proprietary tax scholarship information

 FINANCIAL AID DATA GATHERING AND PROCESSING

  1. College planning checklist with all timelines and deadlines that is updated electronically and e-mailed every time something is completed and/or missing
  2. Complete Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Register your student for the CSS Profile
  4. Complete CSS Profile and guide families through all supporting documentation
  5. Complete any additional forms required by the individual schools
  6. Confirm the accuracy of the Student Aid Report (SAR)
  7. Make any necessary adjustments to the SAR
  8. Advise and counsel on Stafford and PLUS loan applications
  9. Provide protection from being overlooked for grants, scholarships or loans due to mistakes in your financial aid forms

APPEALS

  1. Spreadsheet up to three award letters and professionally evaluate if your offer was fair
  2. Provide tested appeal letters if you were under-awarded

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

  1. Sponsor “client-only” teleconferences during the year for parents and students on topics ranging from essay writing to admission tips
  2. Provide easy-to-use parent and student manuals
  3. Provide a monthly e-letter to parents and students to keep them updated on everything they need to be aware of with a weekly college funding “tip of the week”
  4. Automatic e-mails submitted monthly to both parents and students on what they need to be doing that month to maximize their college admissions and financial aid results
  5. Personalized financial aid FAQ page
  6. Interactive online page for each parent / student
  7. Provide parent / student feedback on specific colleges
  8. Unlimited support for parents and students
  9. Bonus item: copy of our “Student Handbook for Success” and copy of our “College Admissions Boot Camp Handbook”
  10. A one-stop shop to always have your questions answered with personalized contact
  11. Peace of mind

 

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