How Do You Pay For Your
Child’s College and Still Afford Your Retirement?

Are You Stressed Out Trying To Pay for Your Child’s College and Still Afford Your Retirement?

As A Fee Only Raleigh Financial Planner, We Help College-Bound Families Choose Smart Options For College & Retirement. 

  • PCollege Funding Guidance for School Selection + Affordability
  • PRetirement & Investment Management for Your Long Term Goals
  • P Dave Ramsey 7 Baby Step Financial Coaching for a Peaceful Future
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We are open and here to help you in these challenging times. Any meetings requested/scheduled can be conducted via phone or virtually via Zoom.

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Funding Your Children’s Education While Planning Your Own Retirement Is A Balancing Act

We Help Families & Individuals Manage Their Wealth and Create Financial Plans For Success

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College Funding

Our client relationships often begin when families realize they don’t have a plan in place to pay for college. We help our clients increase affordability by making the most of school selection, financial aid, tax opportunities, and using their own savings and income.
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Retirement Management

It’s often hard to think about your own retirement when you’re staring down the barrel of four years of tuition and housing expenses. Once we have established a college funding plan, we turn to your retirement goals. Together we’ll create a plan that helps you prepare for the retirement you want.
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Investment Management

Paying for college and retirement isn’t easy. We are firm believers in an approach called core satellite, which allows us to build personalized portfolios that have aspects of low-cost, tax-efficient passive strategies while also incorporating more active strategies with an emphasis on risk management.
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Financial Coaching

If you want to win with money, you need a plan that works. Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps work because it is a clear path to know where you are and where you are headed next. It is not a simple fix to making you wealthy, but we believe as we guide you and you follow each step in order with great focus and intentionality it will change your life.
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How It Works

As A Fee-Only Raleigh Financial Planner, My goal is to give you a clear understanding of your current financial status along with plan to serve as a solid foundation moving forward into the future.

For complete details with video instructions please visit Our Process Page.



  • Discuss your goals & values
  • Identify your opportunities & weaknesses
  • Explore working with us for Investment Management and/or Financial Planning.
  • Review our Transparent Pricing Packages. 
  • High Value at a Reasonable Fee.




  • Establish measurable financial goals
  • Build your financial plan or Investment Strategy together
  • Finalize saving strategies


  • Confirm plan action items
  • Review & track goal progress
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  • Adjust plan as your situation evolves

Helpful Financial Planning Tips

Our blog is filled with smart financial strategies to help you build a solid foundation moving forward into the future.

Do You Need a Budget in Retirement?

Do You Need a Budget in Retirement?

You saved diligently, invested carefully, and now you have a sizeable nest egg that can most likely replace 80% of your pre-retirement income. Why should you go through the tiresome process of creating a budget?

The College Payment Puzzle for High-Earning Families

The College Payment Puzzle for High-Earning Families

Those four years when your child is in college can be a rollercoaster ride, but the scariest part for high-earning parents can be figuring out how to pay for it. It can be tempting to put your own goals on hold while you shoulder the big-but-temporary new burden. In this blog we discuss strategies for paying for college and having a plan to pay for 4 years of college down to the penny.

College Planning Resource Videos

College Pre-Approval

College Pre Approval in Action

EFC and Financial Aid Eligibility

Retirement Planning Resource Videos

Benefits of Saving Early

Life Expectancy Probabilities

The Retirement Equation

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Would You Like Help Creating A Plan For Your Child's College Fund Or Your Own Retirement Needs?

We Help Families & Individuals Create Financial Plans For Success.

Mark Kelly, Certified Fee-Only Raleigh Financial Planner™

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At University Financial Strategies our mission is to help families think beyond just saving for college, but helping leverage strategies that leverage your unique situation to help you save on college costs. We take into consideration topics like specialized college-planning strategies for business owners, planning for financial aid, school-specific scholarships, coordinating college planning with grandparents, cash-flow strategies and options for covering shortfalls, to name just a few.


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Raleigh NC 27612


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