What We Do

We help families develop a game plan to avoid overpaying for college. We try to outline issues that families can expect to deal with and the key steps and deadlines that they will face. We break it down into step-by-step pieces to help students get into the college of their choice with a solid financial aid package.

Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Love Working With Red Oak College Planning:

We show you how to get money from colleges (including elite schools) even if you don’t qualify for need-based aid.

  1. We show you what to do right now if you haven’t saved a single dime for college, or, what to do if you did plan & save…but…it’s not enough, you lost it all in the market, or you had to spend it somewhere else.
  2. We hold your hand through every step of the process, showing you exactly what to do and what NOT to do so you avoid the mistakes that disqualify you from aid – including what to do if you’re under-awarded by the college.
  3. By helping you fill out the FAFSA form, institutional forms and other required paperwork, we eliminate one of the biggest headaches parents struggle with.
  4. We help you maximize aid from your child’s “first-choice” college so you don’t have to say “I’m sorry, we can’t afford it.”
  5. We steer you clear of the most common and costly mistakes that 95% of parents make in paying for college.
  6. We show you dozens of 100% legal ways to leverage the tax code to get your Uncle Sam to contribute more to the college bill.
  7. We guide your son or daughter through the entire college preparation process:
    • choosing a major and a career
    • college search & visits (the right way and the wrong way)
    • college application assistance (how to put your best foot forward)
    • how to get the most effective letters of recommendation
    • admissions essay service (professional one-on-one guidance from essay topic choice through final version)
    • the admissions interview (do’s and don’ts that make a big difference)
  8. We play “drill sergeant” to make sure your child meets his/her deadlines.
  9. We relieve you of the burden of 1,001 details and hours of worry and aggravation… saving your family from the stress and strife associated with the college application process.
  10. We help all types of families maximize the college financial aid process.

Services

We help guide you through every step of the College Financial Planning Process, showing you What to do and What NOT to do so you avoid the mistakes that may disqualify you from maximum aid.

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We help you fill out the FAFSA Form and other Institutional forms so that they are done right and on time significantly increasing the opportunity for more aid.

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We help you formulate a college list that presents the best academic, social and financial opportunities for your child and your family.

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We help you develop a game plan if your child is under-awarded by a College with a thorough review and appeals process.

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We can show various planning strategies to pay for all four years of college plus future College costs for younger children.

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We help you avoid common mistakes that many uninformed parents make that can cost their child admission to their “Dream School” and overpaying for college.

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