September 2012: College Smart Radio Debuts & More

Happy September! Now that school is back in session, this is the perfect time for you and your student to start taking steps to make college more affordable. If you have more questions than answers, make sure you reserve a seat at this Thursday’s Back-To-School College Funding Workshop – I’ll give you some great tools and resources to use, plus anyone who attends my workshop will get a complimentary consultation!

I’m also excited to announce College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College. Read more about my brand new weekly radio show below, and plan to tune in when it debuts Sept. 8th at 3pm!

What else is new? We have a new facility for workshops in San Carlos! We’ll begin hosting our College Funding Workshops at 990 Industrial Road, Suite 12 in San Carlos on Saturday, September 29. Find out more about our upcoming workshops below.

Whether your student is already in college, is a senior in high school or just starting their elementary school years, planning for college can never start too early. Reserve a seat for the back-to-school college funding workshop to take the first step on the path to creating a clear college funding plan.

All the best,
Beatrice Schultz, CFP®
Westface College Planning
College Funding Specialist

College Smart Radio: Tackling the Runaway Costs of College

Tune in to 1220am KDOW – the Wall Street Business Network from 3pm-3:30pm on September 8 for the debut of my new radio show, College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College. The show can be streamed live at www.KDOW.biz, too!

Curious what College Smart Radio will cover? This Saturday, September 8, will be about the “Cost of Attendance – Real Numbers from the Front Line” with guest Jordan Ellison, 2012 Graduate of University Nevada Reno. Then, on Saturday, September 15, guest Lisa Mader, President of LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Assistance Program) will share her insight regarding “Career Selection – An Investment for College Savings.” You won’t want to miss it!

Featured Find: Help for the Not So Needy

Middle-income parents are being squeezed more than ever these days – higher property taxes and cost of living, lower home equity, frozen salaries. Many no longer have enough savings and borrowing power to keep up with rising education costs.

Consider this run-through of the federal financial-aid form: a family making $75,000 a year might have to pay about $10,000 a year toward the cost of college before qualifying for need-based aid. With income of $150,000, the expected family contribution is $35,000 to $40,000. Student loans loom.

Read more on our blog.

Upcoming College Funding Workshops: Seating may be limited – Register to ensure your spot!

Don’t miss my back-to-school workshop, coming up this Thursday!

Did you know most families qualify for more financial aid than they ever thought possible? Our 1-hour College Funding Workshops provide steps you can take right now to assure you don’t overpay for college, that you clearly understand the process and how to maximize your aid qualification!

Here are our upcoming Fall workshops:

  • Back to School College Funding Workshop: Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Pacific Athletic Club, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood Shores
  • College Funding Workshop: Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 12, San Carlos
  • College Funding Workshop: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6:30-7:30 pm at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 12, San Carlos
  • College Funding Workshop: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 12, San Carlos

Parents and students are welcome! Please visit our workshops page to reserve your seat.

Senior Scoop: Steps for Students & Parents to Prepare for College

College Selection Factors

As we enter the new year, high school seniors all over the country are finalizing decisions on which university to attend. For some, it will be where they spend the next four years of their lives obtaining a degree that will grant them opportunities to work in a field or occupation that they love. For far too many this choice will be where they spend the next year realizing that it was the wrong institution for them and will find themselves starting over the following year. For others it will be where they spend five or six years obtaining a four year degree only to realize they don’t truly like the career path they are heading down. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Read more here.

Advice & Insight: Connect With Us For The Latest News

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A recent survey (http://huff.to/OEo5Ha) shows more Americans are saving for vacation, cars or home improvements rather than college tuition. Does this describe you? It’s not too late to get started with college planning – come to my back-to-school workshop (http://bit.ly/NgaiTf) to find out how.

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About Westface College Planning
At Westface College Planning, we are committed to helping parents through the process of making the right financial choices for their college bound students.

If you are a typical parent with college bound students, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the research necessary to help your sons and daughters make the right choices and prevent overpaying for their education.

You are not alone!

Our information packed one-hour workshops will help you:

  • Understand the true cost of college and how to afford it.
  • Learn the specific steps to take immediately to maximize financial aid.
  • Receive valuable information on scholarships and gift aid qualification.
  • Gain awareness on how to accurately compare the true cost of schools, public vs. private.
  • Develop best practices for school selection, and more!

More information at westfacecollegeplanning.com.

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