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October 2012: College IS an Investment & More

Happy October!

It’s the month of tricks and treats but there’s no need to be scared by college deadlines.

This is the perfect time for parents of juniors and seniors to start taking steps to maximize your family’s financial aid eligibility. This past weekend’s College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College show was all about steps to take a full two years before students starts college. If you missed the show, you’ll want to listen to it from our archives.

If you still have more questions than answers, make sure to reserve a seat at our next “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” Workshop on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30p.m.

The college planning process is full of difficult questions and potentially expensive pitfalls. 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 a college funding workshop to take the first step in 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 every Saturday for the my radio show, College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College. The show can be streamed live at, too!

Curious what College Smart Radio covers? Tune in Saturday to learn about ways to save money on the cost of college text books. Next Saturday our show will cover searching for colleges with merit aid in mind. Listen to our past shows in our College Smart Radio archives. It’s all important information you won’t want to miss out on. Thanks for listening!

Featured Find: College IS an Investment

“The education of our children is an investment in our future.”

“Educating the next generation is an investment we cannot afford to forego.”

“A college education Is an investment that will provide our children the opportunity to have a better life than the previous generations.”

These are all quotes and phrases that we have heard spewed from politicians and political leaders for decades. The reality is that a college education is an investment and one, I believe, that should be seriously considered. However I would like to look at this from a slightly different perspective – the return on that investment.

Read more here.

Upcoming “Tackling The Runaway Costs of College” Workshops: Seating may be limited – Register to ensure your spot!

Don’t miss my “Tackling The Runaway Costs of College” workshop, coming up Tuesday, October 16th!

Most parents are not financially prepared to enter the most expensive time period of their lives, covering their child’s college education. Our 1-hour Workshops provide steps you can take right now to assure you understand the cost of attendance and how you can afford college without jeopardizing your retirement.

Here are our upcoming Fall workshops:

  • “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” Workshop: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 6:30-7:30p.m. at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 112, San Carlos
  • “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” Workshop: Thursday, November 3, 2012 from 9:00-10:00a.m. at our new location, 990 Industrial Road, Suite 112, San Carlos

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

Senior Scoop: Early Action vs. Early Decision

College Admissions Factors

One of the most confusing aspects of college admission is their early admissions policy. Early admissions programs have become increasingly common with approximately two out of three of the country’s top universities and colleges offering some kind of early admissions program. It’s important to know difference between early action and early decision. The two are extremely different and each plan can be beneficial to students, but only for those students who have thought through their college options.

Read more on our blog here.

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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!

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Ready for your own success story?

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If you’re a typical parent with college-bound students, you’re probably overwhelmed. You want to help your sons and daughters make the right choices and prevent overpaying for their education. You’re not alone! We’re here to help. Schedule your free consultation today – click below to get started!

Catch our free, on-demand webinar:

How to Survive Paying for College

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Join Beatrice Schultz, CFP® for our on-demand webinar, where she provides parents with the exact steps that often greatly lower the cost of college, even if there’s little time to prepare.