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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