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College Funding

When your child is nearing the end of high school, you might feel overwhelmed by this question:  

How are we going to pay for their college education?


At University Financial Strategies, we help families become an educated consumer of a college education.  We help by putting a plan in place to increase college affordability, and balance education costs with other financial goals. 


Today, college four-year sticker prices can easily exceed $250,000! There are two different prices for a college education – one for the informed buyer and one for the uninformed. Which price will you pay?

The 6 Steps To Successful College Funding

There are 2 different prices for a college education, one for the informed buyer and one for the uninformed. Parents only want the best for their children and before they think about Retirement they are often challenged to figure out how to pay for college. The loans parents now take are robbing them of dollars needed for retirement while students are delaying life events due to their own debt. Student Loan debt recently exceeded $1.5 TRILLION which far exceeds even credit card debt. Our goal is to end the student loan crisis one student and parent at a time.

1. Prepare for the Cost of College

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior year

2. Apply for Admission & Scholarships

September – November of Senior year

3. Apply for Financial Aid

October of Senior Year

4. Analyze & Appeal Financial Aid Offers

March – April of Senior Year

5. Choose the Right School

April of Senior Year

6. Evaluate Options to Cover Shortfall

May of Senior Year
College Pre-Approval

College Pre Approval in Action
EFC and Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Application
Tuition Inflation

Understanding Financial Aid Formulas

Net Price Real Cost of College

Future 4 Year Costs

Financial Aid Reality Check

Facts about athetic Scholarships

Who is University Financial Strategies

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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.


4801 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 200-630
Raleigh NC 27612


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