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Picking the correct college major is one of the most important aspects in saving money on college costs. Changing majors can add years of college and therefore tens of thousands of dollars. Reliant CPS utilizes an assessment method that identifies the student’s attitudes, aptitude and preferences to select from a small number of careers that “fit” your child. In addition, the use of shadowing before college will reinforce which career your child will enjoy and therefore pursue in their college experience. Focus on the 40 years, not the 4.

Saving for college should start as early as possible. How and where you save is critical to the amount of money that will actually be there when college starts. In addition, there are a number of key academic, financial and community actions that, when started early, can make a significant difference in the cost/type of school your student will be eligible for. It’s important to have reliable solutions to each of these elements of college planning – Reliant can provide them.

There are a number of factors that go into the college financial aid determination, with income being a large one. Knowing how much aid you can anticipate in advance will help you develop strategies to maximize the college aid and/or utilize private strategies to reduce the expense of college. We can estimate your Expected Family contribution (EFC) and determine which strategies would produce the best financial result for you. The FAFSA is the final word for the majority of schools and we recommend filling it out as early as possible in January of your child’s senior year.

The choice of college is often the most difficult decision for a family. Reliant helps families narrow down the options using the student’s/families preferences and providing information about the colleges that make the decisions easier.

No “one formula” can be used in this critically important decision. Technical Schools and Community Colleges can be less expensive options in post-High School education. Many students utilize them for the general requirements and then move to the 4 year college for the “major” requirements. We develop a complete profile and identify potential options, evaluate the options and help the student/family make the best choice for the next step.

You should evaluate schools based on the course of study your child is pursuing and other factors before considering public versus private. While private schools “sticker price” is generally higher than public schools, many give generous aid and merit packages that can make them very competitive and sometime less expensive to attend. Reliant helps families sort through the factors, identify the most effective and efficient options for going to college and make the “best” choice based on the facts. Oftentimes, families that didn’t think they could afford private college find ways that it is actually cheaper.

Saving is important for every family and this is especially important for college. Where the savings money is held is a key factor in the amount of aid a family receives. Reliant CPS helps families structure their finances, where possible, to position savings and investment assets in a way that improves the amount of aid that will be received.

Colleges award many scholarships based upon grades and other factors, but the majority of federal aid is based on financial need and does not consider grades.

We at Reliant CPS look forward to helping with your college planning needs. We offer a complimentary consultation meeting to determine if working together will benefit you. Please select the Contact Us menu item, fill in the information and then send it to us. We’ll reach out to you promptly. Thank you.

Picking the correct college major is one of the most important aspects in saving money on college costs. Changing majors can add years of college and therefore tens of thousands of dollars. Reliant CPS utilizes an assessment method that identifies the student’s attitudes, aptitude and preferences to select from a small number of careers that “fit” your child. In addition, the use of shadowing before college will reinforce which career your child will enjoy and therefore pursue in their college experience. Focus on the 40 years, not the 4.