What Families Are Saying

Learn what other parents of college-bound students are saying about CPN

“I found myself saying “this sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?” There was no “catch”, just a detailed total plan of lowering our Expected Family Contribution…”

As many parents with children getting closer to going to college, we were setting away money for their education, but as we found out, not nearly enough for the astronomical prices that we have now been exposed to. Faced with the fact that our Family Contribution could be as high as $25k per year for 8 years for our two children, we needed to find effective ways to do this without sending us into debt that we couldn’t get out of. We also do not want to strap our children to what could amount to be a lifetime of debt.

We listened to a brief, one hour Tele-Workshop introduction to The College Planning Network. As the Tele-Workshop ended, I found myself saying “this sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?” There was no “catch”, just a detailed total plan of lowering our Expected Family Contribution, providing us some tax advantages and staying within the agreed upon budget that we had established. The additional ‘perks’ of filling out financial aid forms, working with our children on narrowing down the selection of colleges and essay writing was just icing on the cake!

~ The Anderson Family

“We give you guys a lot of credit and tell all that will listen about you guys.”

Hi Pam,

Thanks, we just found out, over the weekend, that Mackenzie was also accepted to the University of San Diego. She is “totally” excited.

Thanks again for all you’re doing and to your organization. We give you guys a lot of credit and tell all that will listen about you guys

“…It looks like we will not have to pay anything or take out any loans this year!”

Hi Scott!

I just wanted to let you know that we just got the first award letter back for the 2007 and 2008 school year for Breanne and Allison. They have received so much in aid that it looks like we will not have to pay anything or take out any loans this year! I think we have structured my finances so that we can benefit greatly! I am dumbfounded and very pleased!

Thanks for all your help to get us positioned for this good news! Rebekah and I went to look at a couple schools during spring break last week so the process begins again! I may want you to run some EFC numbers on different schools sometime next year when we have a better defined list for her.

Take Care,
Laurel B.

“Additionally, we were also able to improve my overall family financial situation by paying off debt and readjusting our strategies for retirement. “

I thought I understood the college funding process based upon my experience with my first child in college. When my second child was ready for college I decided there was no harm in seeking some additional professional support and contacted The College Planning Network. I thought maybe they could provide some suggestions for dealing with two college students. In reviewing my situation with the CPN professionals, we were able to make adjustments in my financial situation to improve – which meant reduce – the magical Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number for both children. We got subsidized versus unsubsidized loans which will save a lot of interest over the long-term. Additionally, we were also able to improve my overall family financial situation by paying off debt and readjusting our strategies for retirement. Thank you.

~ The Maskulka Family

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