Goucher Family Baltimore County, MD

"We were overwhelmed and WAY behind in the fall of our son's senior year! We needed to catch up in a hurry. During our College Plan in 1/2 a Day, Jean suggested colleges, jump started our son on his applications and got us out of inaction and on the path to getting applications done.  We let her handle our Financial Aid for Freshman Year so we didn't miss any deadlines. She had handled everything with our older daughter 8 years earlier so we knew we'd have peace of mind. Even with such a late start, thanks to Jean & the Smart Plan For College Team, our son got to go to a great school that he really loves. The best part? His college cost $57,233 for freshman year -- but we're only paying $19,533 out of pocket thanks to scholarships and aid."

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College Planning Blog

  • The Results Are In…Smart College Planning Makes A Difference

    Some love to my Senior clients and their results so far. They are proof positive smart planning makes a difference!

    Big shout out to….

    Paul:  $374,760 in scholarships on the table — including a full ride scholarship!
    Jake:   $210,000 in scholarships
    Jacob:   $111,200 in scholarships
    Emily:   $192,000 in scholarships
    Justin:  $303,000 in […]

  • Study: Over 27% of Student Loans Are In Default

    On April 15, Tax Day, Americans have paid the federal government an estimated $1.477 trillion–a slightly higher figure than the total value of outstanding student loans.

    Five days ago, the St. Louis Federal Reserve published a report titled “Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?” The Fed determined that of the nearly $1.3 trillion […]

  • College Loans: The TRUE Cost of Borrowing

    I recently met with a mom whose kid was choosing colleges that would never offer the kind of financial aid she needed.  Big State U and Bigger State U would cost her a minimum of $124,000 – likely more – over four years.

    And that’s AFTER taking into account the student loans they would offer […]

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