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College Planning Network

DKatDadof2DKatDadof2 Posts: 11Registered User New Member
edited August 2011 in Parents Forum
Has anyone used or is currently using College Planning Network, LLC out of Ohio. For a fee ($3-4K), among other things, they work with you on positioning your money to improve your chances of gift aid, as well as doing all the FAFSA & Profile forms for you. Just curious if anyone has any real good or bad experiences with them.
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  • SmithieandProudSmithieandProud Posts: 3,038Registered User Senior Member
    Seems like it would be better to save your money and spend it on college than blow it on some sketchy sounding company that proposes to help you trick financial aid officers. It probably doesn't work.
  • IloveLAIloveLA Posts: 1,304Registered User Senior Member
    I bought a copy of How to Pay for College without Going Broke (Princeton Review).
    It was about $19.95. It gives you advice on both long-term and short-term strategies along with pointers on filling out Profile and FAFSA.
  • DKatDadof2DKatDadof2 Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    Thanks, you both helped confirm my theory, and IloveLA - thanks for the book tip
  • limabeanslimabeans Posts: 4,745Registered User Senior Member
    What was your theory? My guess (theory?) is that this sounds like a scam. If you need FA, why spend an additional $3-4K looking for it?
  • DKatDadof2DKatDadof2 Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    Limabeans - My gut said not to bother & save my money and my theory was that posters would agree.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Posts: 18,236Super Moderator Senior Member
    The woman at our high school's financial aid session said NEVER pay anyone who offers to help you find scholarship money.
  • ebeeeeeebeeeee Posts: 5,199Registered User Senior Member
    I LOVE how the posts endorsing a company are always by someone with 1-2 posts on the board. :)
  • dadinatordadinator Posts: 1,268Registered User Senior Member
    I was thinking the exact same thing, ebeeeee.
  • NewHope33NewHope33 Posts: 6,208Registered User Senior Member
    I'm sure CC regulars are more than capable of figuring out "the college stuff" and "the FA stuff" themselves. But I've met a lot of parents who just don't have the knack for this stuff ... like my neighbor, whose D had good grades and very poor SAT scores. The D's top choice was a SAT-optional school ... but the parents insisted on sending along the SAT scores. "What could it hurt?" was their logic.

    I'm not excusing lazy parents from doing due diligence. But for parents like my neighbor, an independent helping hand can be useful. (No, I don't know anything about College Planning Networks.)
  • nj2011momnj2011mom Posts: 2,688Registered User Senior Member
    lots of endorsements of posters with <5 posts.
  • jaschneiderjaschneider Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Hahaha. Seems like ZAC BISSONNETTE (BTW, dude, using caps is a dead giveaway) is a marketer, too... trying to make money at their expense! Seriously, I'd much rather hear the experiences of families who've actually worked with CPN in this thread.
  • hudsonvalley51hudsonvalley51 Posts: 2,396Registered User Senior Member
    Scott -- You need to update your website. Princeton and Harvard require two, not three, SAT II Subject Tests.
  • HawkerHawker Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I have been receiving info from CPN/Scott Weingold for about a month (yes, we, too, are on the search for help, both financial and in choosing a school) and last week went to a "College Funding & Planning" workshop, locally. To my amazement (am I naive!?), it was the exact/verbatim presentation and informational handouts (including bios format and "books" published) as Scott Weingold's CPN. I thought I had just gotten sucked into an Amway party! So what's up--is it legit, are these strategies helpful, do they have info that only they can ferret out (which schools provide the most/greatest percentage of free financial aid, tax strategies to hide income on the FAFSA, etc.)? Do they need all of my personal financial info (SS number, bank accounts, investment accounts, W-2's, etc.) or can I just provide them with the $$ amounts?
  • mulberrygirlmulberrygirl Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I am following these posts with great interest as I recently had a free consultation with CPN and it sounds very interesting to me. I did not feel pressured in any way but I do have additional questions and wanted to know from someone who has used them
    1. Did you work with one advisor throughout the process?
    2. Did you feel comfortable throughout the entire process as far as which colleges they were directing you to.
    3. Did you need to provide bank account #'s and SS#'s? I would assume you would have to.
    4 Did you ever meet your advisor personally or was everything done via phone and email?
    We are planning on making a decision soon so this info would help.
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Posts: 4,326Registered User Senior Member
    Wow! Congratulations to all these new members! We hope to see you active in these forums discussing anything and everything besides this college planning network. If you are so passionate about this process, we will be happy to talk to you about your child's search, selection process and results. As you can imagine, we are a site that is dedicated to helping each other make good decisions for our students and our families. We have figured out how to do many things ourselves, including improve test scores, apply for financial aid and select excellent colleges that are not known to all. Enhoy being a member of the CC family.
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