Who Can We Help?
Quite succinctly, we can help ANY family to make college more affordable. We recognize that every family’s situation is unique, yet each family generally is categorized by one of three distinct levels of need:
Families who will rely significantly on financial aid in any combination of loans, grants, scholarships or work study to fund their student’s college education.
Families who will be eligible for some financial aid, yet will be expected to come out-of-pocket to fund some portion of their student’s college education.
Families with income or assets that render them ineligible for most financial aid resources. These families can employ tax-advantaged strategies to reduce the effective cost of college.
Paradox College Funding is experienced in providing solutions for families with college-bound children, regardless of their respective level of need.
How Do We Help?
Some of our clients find us through a workshop they attend, others perhaps as a referral from a friend, colleague or school counselor. Howsoever our paths cross, we invite you to sit down with us in a complimentary one-hour meeting whereby we might chat informally and see if it makes sense for us to proceed with a formal engagement.
Initial Complimentary Consultation
This first meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know one another better. You will be asked to provide some basic information about your family, your student(s), and your present financial situation. We’ll seek to learn your student’s objectives for attending college and some of the college selection forerunners that you and your student have discussed.
In turn, we will analyze all of this information that you’ve provided and quickly calculate your approximate Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Next, we will provide you with our honest assessment as to whether we can make a significant difference in the affordability of your student’s anticipated college costs. We will explain to you the scope of our services (right sidebar) and gladly answer any questions that you may have.
There’s no high-pressure sales pitch to purchase anything. We’ll conclude the meeting, and extend to you all the time you need to think things over.
A Continued Relationship!
So, you like what you heard and have decided to engage our services? We’re eager to help. Our consultative process will span a series of four one-hour meetings:
FAMILY CONSULT – Our mutual objective is to make college more affordable for your family. So we’ll discuss our plan for achieving this goal – the precise steps that need to be taken, the information that you’ll be asked to provide your Paradox Advisor, and the timeline for execution. Before and after this meeting, you’ll receive several important questionnaires – one notably is the Student Questionnaire, a key step in your child’s appropriate college selection.
STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE – Students who make the wrong college selection choice, or those who begin college without any idea of what they wish to do upon graduation, generally prolong their college careers (and its expense) by changing majors and/or perhaps universities altogether. Thus, it is critically important that we get a more accurate assessment of the college mindset of your student.
The basic objectives of this questionnaire are to learn succinctly your student’s attitudes about attending and funding college, to uncover any questions he or she might have about the college funding process, and to try and identify colleges in our database that might be well-suited based upon important criteria provided in your student’s responses. Some basic questions that we seek to answer are:
- What do I want to do when I complete college?
- What colleges am I interested in attending, and why?
- What do I hope to get out of college?
- What responsibilities and financial commitments am I willing to undertake to help with the affordability of my college education?
The completion of the Student Questionnaire is followed by a career coaching session and assessment review of the report from the Strong Interest Inventory®.
Choosing a career can feel like a monumental decision for high school students. At the same time, it can also feel like guesswork.
But with the highly reliable Strong Interest Inventory® assessment, you can help your student discover his/her interests, preferences, and personal styles—exactly the information needed to select a career to be passionate about.
Used by more than 70 percent of U.S. colleges and universities, the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is one of the world’s most widely-respected and frequently-used career planning tools. It is also easy to use.
Your student will navigate a brief online questionnaire in less than an hour’s time. Once this assessment is completed, our certified specialist will schedule a meeting with you and your student to review the highly-personalized report in an informal feedback session.
Between meetings one and three, a significant amount of data collection and thoughtful evaluation will occur. We’ll seek from you completed forms or questionnaires, and in turn share reports with you from our Quick College Reference on your student’s favorite college selections.
When we reconvene for our third meeting, we will present our College Funding Design and Recommendations tailored to your unique situation and categorical need. Your presentation will include the following: a Retirement Readiness Analysis, Solutions & Recommendations, Aid Eligibility and What-If Reports, College Selection Reports, and Scholarsip Opportunity Resources. Most importantly, your presentation includes a concise list of action steps, set to a timeline, for implementing our solutions.
You are free to implement these solutions on your own or with your current team of professional financial advisors, or we’d be pleased to make recommendations to local professionals who can help.
Perhaps you have followed all of the steps outlined in our recommendations and now are eager to seek funds for college. Our third session is designed to help you prepare for your FAFSA submission. Lean on us for counseling and assistance to try to ensure that your FAFSA submission is a true representation of your family’s resouces, and devoid of the common errors that cause a family’s application to be rejected.