About Us

College is a true investment in the future of your child, and the cost of that investment continues to rise year after year.

The financial aid system can potentially offset many of these costs, but many families struggle to understand the system and use it to their full advantage. Just as there is a strategy to planning an estate, creating an investment portfolio and limiting tax liabilities, financial aid can be maximized with the right approach. College Aid Consulting was founded to help families of all income levels implement a strategy to secure the most financial aid possible and reduce the amount of debt that students and their parents are burdened with in the future.

Meet College Aid Consulting

College Aid Consulting was founded in 2001 by Stephanie Hancock. As a Certified Financial Planner Professional, Stephanie often talked with clients who were concerned about paying for college. Many of them did not fully understand key terminology, such as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), or were confused by the forms. Realizing that there was a genuine need for financial aid planning, she became one of the first to offer such services. Today, Stephanie is considered an expert in financial aid planning and frequently speaks at PTA meetings, schools and businesses about various topics related to financial aid. She is one of the only individuals in the country to hold both a Certified Financial Planner Professional and Certified College Planning Specialist designations.

Our Approach

At College Aid Consulting, we have developed a unique approach that helps our clients maximize the amount of financial aid that students receive. First, we help families identify the colleges and universities where students will have the best chances of securing aid based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities and financial need. Then, we help families identify ways to decrease their Expected Family Contribution through legal and ethical means. We can assist with preparing all of the necessary forms for financial aid consideration and will even process them for our clients.

Why We’re Different

Our approach here at College Aid Consulting sets us apart from all other firms that claim to offer financial aid planning. Many of these companies exist simply to sell investments to parents and do not truly develop a winning strategy for their clients. When we complete financial aid forms, they are done in our office by our staff, not shipped overseas or to a third-party service as they are by other companies. We offer a transparent, ethical schedule of fees with no hidden charges, and we don’t make lofty claims that we can’t back up. There truly is no way to guarantee that a family will receive a specific dollar amount of financial aid with the help of any company, so we don’t make false promises; however, we can guarantee that we will give you the absolute best chance of getting the most financial aid possible.

A Brighter Future for Every Student

At College Aid Consulting, we believe that every student is entitled to a quality post-secondary education that doesn’t leave him or her saddled with huge debt after graduation. Through our financial aid planning, form completion services, speaking engagements and “Make College Affordable with The College Aid Lady: Process, Strategies and Tips to Get Money For College” podcasts, we help families get the information and support that they need to make the best decisions when it comes to investing in the future of their children. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.