College Funding is far more than just saving for college.
We love 529’s.  But life does not always work out the way we hoped.  Not everyone gets a chance to save enough for college. Only about 16% of parents do. So while saving is one of the great tactics, it is only a part of the overall strategy.  Whether you have been able to save more than you need or nothing at all – we can help you figure it all out.

We…

• Help you make informed college choices.
• Save ON the cost, not just FOR the cost of college.
• Proactive rather than reactive 4 year college funding plan.
• Process the emotion and make a rational college buying decision.
• Graduate on time with manageable student loan debt.
• Pay for college without robbing retirement

Get your free funding guide, by downloading here.

Reading this can help you avoid many of the common pitfalls than most parents and students fall into.

1st Meeting

Are we the right fit? We just want to learn about what you want, and see if we can help. Normally, this conversation is a phone call, and takes between 30 and 45 min.

2nd Meeting

We help you get organized and see all of your options. In this meeting we will try to complete your 1 page college funding plan. It is the best college shopping guide.

3rd Meeting

We will go over the research I have done for you. We go over your complete college funding plan. I will make sure you understand the funding and spending strategies.

4th Meeting

In this meeting we will help you optimize any remaining planning strategies or tactics. While not always necessary, we want to plan for the time: to ensure we have turned over ever stone.

Our Mission, is to…

  • End the student loan crisis one family at a time.
  • Raise the bar in college funding and advice.
  • Help as many families as we can.

The Simple College Funding Timeline

1: Prepare for the Cost of College

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Years.
Take as many ACT and SAT Pre-test as you can to practice.

2: APPLY FOR ADMISSION AND SCHOLARSHIPS

September - November Senior Year Apply.
Apply.
Apply.

3: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

October of Senior Year It is better to get the FAFSA done earlier in the month, as most financial aid is first-come, first-served.

4: ANALYZE & APPEAL FINANCIAL AID OFFERS

March – April of Senior Year

5: CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL

and accept your Aid Award
April of Senior Year

6: COVER THE SHORTFALL

May of Senior Year

College Funding Plan Prices
It is a project type plan, with a flat (one time) fee of $600, $900, or $1,200 (depending upon opening availability and your situations complexity).
Using the College Pre-Approval™ process, we help families create a comprehensive college funding plan to maximize financial aid, minimize taxes, and save for a comfortable retirement – at the same time.  

This plan is designed for families in middle and high school.

What you get:

  • 1 Page College Funding Plan (Executive Summary) to understand how to pay for all 4 years of college
  • Know your 4 year Net Cost, for up to 10 colleges
  • Understand your family’s optimum strategies for: financial aid, saving, investing, income, tax and spending. 

What that Really means for you:

  • Sophisticated simplicity: turning a complex and stressful situation into something manageable
  • Know you are saving ON the cost of college
  • Optimizing this part of your life.  Saving time, money, energy, and stress; by letting us do the complex, boring, nerdy, and time consuming work for you. 

I have trained with

Joe Messinger, a leading authority in late-stage college funding, to guide families through the College Pre-Approval™ Process. 
Joe Messinger, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, is a trusted authority in the area of college planning and funding. He is on a mission to "Change the way America shops for college." He created the innovative College Pre-Approval™ system to seamlessly guide families through the college funding maze and ensure that every student graduate with manageable student loan debt without robbing retirement.
Joe is a Partner and Director of College Planning at Capstone Wealth Partners, a fee only RIA based in Columbus, OH. In addition to his work as a practitioner, Joe is raising the bar in college funding advice across the country through his comprehensive online, self study courses "Financial planners guide to college funding advice" and "Mastering College Pre-Approval™". Joe Messinger, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, is a trusted authority in the area of college planning and funding. He is on a mission to "Change the way America shops for college." He created the innovative College Pre-Approval™ system to seamlessly guide families through the college funding maze and ensure that every student graduate with manageable student loan debt without robbing retirement.
Joe is a Partner and Director of College Planning at Capstone Wealth Partners, a fee only RIA based in Columbus, OH. In addition to his work as a practitioner, Joe is raising the bar in college funding advice across the country through his comprehensive online, self study courses "Financial planners guide to college funding advice" and "Mastering College Pre-Approval™".
Joe and his team also launched College Aid Pro®, a groundbreaking software platform that streamlines the college funding process and helps advisors provide sound financial aid planning advice to families. Joe and his team also launched College Aid Pro®, a groundbreaking software platform that streamlines the college funding process and helps advisors provide sound financial aid planning advice to families.

We have trained with Joe Messinger, a leading authority in late-stage college funding, to guide families through the College Pre-Approval™ Process. 

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