Learn what other parents of college-bound students are saying about CPN
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
Dear Mr. Blumenthal:
My wife and I had serious concerns about the formidable task of getting our daughter through the college application process and financing her education. Several months back now, her high school sent home a notice about how to register for one of Mr. Weingold’s webinars. We watched and listened and became more firmly convinced that we were about to enter some very deep water. What we truly appreciated in taking the first step with CPN was its promise to tell us honestly whether the use of its services would be beneficial to us. Are we every glad it decided that it would be.
Our encounter with Rob, who helped us to determine whether CPN was right for us was a very rewarding experience. With the colleges my daughter is considering, Rob showed how, depending on our demonstrable family need, it could cost less to send our daughter to Tufts (MA) than Marquette (WI). Eye opening. Rob helped us realize that our task would be to best position ourselves to have as low a family contribution as possible and that with CPN’s help we would likely be able to achieve that objective.
Enter Gordy. He took our information and almost instantaneously developed a plan that could end up saving us as much as $7,000 per year, if not more. His plan, at least to us, was sheer genius. It reduces our family contribution, provides a vehicle for funding our daughter’s education, increases the potential for merit based aid and protects our asset. Holy Cow!
You have very capable individuals in Rob and Gordy and we are blessed to have the privilege of benefiting from their talents. Please know that we are very pleased with our CPN experience (and our daughter isn’t even in college yet) and can’t imagine how things could be any better. We are so pleased, in fact, that we are recommending your firm’s services to other families that we know – who will have the advantage of getting your help, if they are smart enough to so elect, before their son or daughter is a senior.
Three short months and success beyond our wildest expectations! Thank you very much.
Very truly yours,
Good friends recommended The College Planning Network to my wife and me. They conveyed a sense of relief at having experienced professionals handle the college funding process from start to finish. It can be overwhelming. My wife and I, too, have been very happy with the decision to utilize their services. We found ourselves comfortable discussing our financials and very pleased with their counseling and recommendations. We all have our expertise. It was nice to know that when the time came to need someone else’s expertise, The College Planning Network was there to assist. Simply put, they took the worry out of the process and saved us time and money we wouldn’t have otherwise known to be possible.
~ The Owen Family
We are a middle class/double income family and we did have some money saved for our three daughters’ college. Like many of you, we anticipated there wasn’t much we could do but pay the bills and take out loans when our savings ran out. But after listening to the advice from the college specialists at The College Planning Network, we saw that we did have choices and things we could do to get our EFC down and also pick from some better schools. CPN gave us simple reorganizing techniques for our estate that brought our numbers down. They also enabled our daughter to go to Case Western, which was a school we were not even considering due to the high tuition. Our family also had the problem of ex-spouses incomes and their impact on our FASFA. CPN gave us good advice regarding money sources other than our own incomes and savings. They could answer questions that others couldn’t. Lastly, having their service fill out our forms and help with reply letters to colleges was a real time saver. We always had someone to ask if we didn’t quite understand what to put on the form! All services are done professionally and in a timely manner. We would definitely recommend listening to what they could do for you and your child. After a few conversations with them we were amazed at what we didn’t know.
~ The Drake Family