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About College Funding Solutions

We are college-funding specialists. We are the resource for parents who want to be coached on how to maximize financial aid and minimize their out of pocket costs.

About College Funding Solutions

We are college-funding specialists. We are the resource for parents who want to be coached on how to maximize financial aid and minimize their out of pocket costs.

The Studemont Guarantee

We guarantee to perform the following services on time and accurately. We guarantee to put our expertise to work for you, so you don’t have to become a college-funding expert. These items will be done in a timely manner as dictated by your child’s year of graduation and the individual college’s deadlines, and will depend on your cooperation as needed.

Appeals

  • Spreadsheet Up To 3 Award Letters And Professionally Evaluate If Your Offer Was Fair
  • Provide Tested Appeal Letters If You Were Under-Awarded
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Financial Aid Data Gathering and Processing

  • College Planning Checklist With All Timelines & Deadlines That Is Updated Electronically & E-Mailed Every Time Something Is Completed &/Or Missing
  • Free Bonus – Complete Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Register Your Student For The CSS PROFILE
  • Complete CSS PROFILE & Walk Families Through All Supporting Documentation
  • Complete Any Additional Forms Required By The Individual Schools
  • Confirm The Accuracy Of The Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Make Any Necessary Adjustments To The SAR
  • Advise and Counsel on Stafford and PLUS Loan Applications
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Financial Aid Data Gathering and Processing

College Funding Strategies

    • Calculate Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • Provide Planning Recommendations To Reduce EFC
    • Provide Financial Aid Award Estimates For An Unlimited Number of Schools, & Recommend Additional Schools To Be Considered
    • Provide Recommendations For The Best Way To Pay Your Share Of College Costs
    • Provide Cost-Efficient Borrowing Strategies To Help Keep Financial Goals In Line, Along With Cash Flow Strategies for College Years & Beyond
    • Provide Strategies That Legally Protect Your Savings & Retirement Accounts From The Financial Aid Formulas
    • Provide Strategies On How To Possibly Use Your Home Equity So That It Helps, Rather Than Hurts, In The Financial Aid Formulas
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Student Counseling

  • Student Assessment
  • Personality Profile Evaluation
  • Advanced Search Of Careers, Majors & Studies Based On Specific Student Interests
  • Innovative College Search Based On Demographics & Personalized Areas Of Importance
  • Personalized Private Student Interview – Designed By A Ph.D., An M.I.T. Graduate & Former University Professor Extremely Knowledgeable About Admissions Practices
  • The Interview Will Be Conducted By A NACAC Certified Counselor – Many Who Were Previous Admission Officers At Major Universities Across The Country
  • Written Report Will Be Provided To The Parent & Advisor Along With A Summary Of The Interview & Recommendations For The Student
  • Personalized Interview on “Building The Perfect School List…For YOU!”
  • Work one-on-one with your private counselor to develop the criteria for building the optimal school list for your unique, specific situation
  • SAT Prep Course Entitled “The Little-Known Secrets of Acing the SAT!”
  • This “cliff notes” SAT Prep Course has eliminated the “filler” of most SAT Prep courses and just focuses on the most essential key strategies of how to ace the SAT!
  • ACT Prep Course Entitled “Everything You Must Know To Master the ACT!”
  • This “cliff notes” ACT Prep Course will give you the treasure chest of tips and strategies on how to master the ACT!
  • Personalized College Scholarship Eligibility Report
  • Know EXACTLY which merit-based college scholarships your student will be eligible for This report, used in conjunction with our proprietary SAT/ACT courses, can be worth tens of thousands of dollars in additional merit-based aid.
  • Admission Application Review
  • Our very own in-house Admission Consultants will review your Admission Application to make sure everything is the way it should be.
  • Admission Essay Review
  • Your very own Private NACAC Certified Counselor will review, edit & critique up to 3 essays for your student These essays are an essential part of the college admissions process and often times, are the student’s only real chance to shine!
  • In-Depth Personalized Analysis on your Chances of Enrollment at up to 4 colleges
  • Know in advance your chances of admission at over 150 of the nations’ Top Colleges (including the Ivy League!) – with a 94% accuracy rate!!!
  • Developed by Ivy League-educated experts that assess hundreds of variables – from extracurricular activities to GPA – and tells you exactly how likely you are to get into each college
  • Stop sweating bullets and losing sleep wondering if you’ve got a shot at admission!
  • Unlike many counselors who use broad labels such as “reach” or “safety” schools, our report quantifies your chances of getting in using percentages. We combine our admissions expertise with advanced statistical analysis to give you your probability of admission at the colleges you are considering.
  • Knowing whether you have an 83% chance of getting into a college or a 35% chance enables you to make the best and most informed application decisions.
  • Follow-Up Student /Parent Q&A Interview with your very own Private NACAC Counselor / Admissions Coach
  • You will have access to a personalized Q&A follow-up interview with your NACAC Certified Counselor / Admissions Coach where both the Student and the Parents can ask ANY follow-up questions you have about schools, admissions, applications, things you need to be doing now that you’re down to the wire, etc…
  • Unlimited Q&A Email Access to Our Highly-Acclaimed Expert SAT / ACT Team
  • You have UNLIMITED email follow-up with our exclusive SAT/ACT experts where you can ask ANY follow-up questions in regards to the SAT & ACT courses
  • Have “on-call” experts on your side!
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Value Added Services

  • Sponsor “Client-Only” Teleconferences Throughout the Year For Parents & Students On Topics Ranging From Essay Writing To Admission Tips
  • Provide Easy-To-Use Parent & Student Manuals
  • Provide a Monthly E-Letter To Parents & Students To Keep Them Updated On Everything They Need To Be Aware Of Along The Way With A Weekly College Funding “Tip of the Week”
  • Automatic E-Mails Submitted Monthly To Both Parents & Students On What They Need To Be Doing That Month To Maximize Their College Admissions And Financial Aid Results
  • Personalized Financial Aid FAQ Page
  • Interactive Online Page For Each Parent / Student
  • Provide Parent / Student Feedback On Specific Colleges
  • Unlimited Support For Parents & Students
  • Bonus Item: Copy Of Our “Student Handbook For Success”
  • Bonus Item: Copy Of Our “College Admissions Boot Camp Handbook”
  • A One-Stop Shop to Always Have Your Questions Answered With Personalized Contact
  • Provide “Peace of Mind” Throughout The College Admissions Process!
  • Our Full College Funding Solutions Planning Program covers all 4 years of undergraduate schooling. We charge a flat fee for our services, so we do not charge by the hour, and there are no hidden fees involved.
  • College Planning Checklist With All Timelines & Deadlines That Is Updated Electronically & E-Mailed Every Time Something Is Completed &/Or Missing
  • Free Bonus – Complete Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Register Your Student For The CSS PROFILE
  • Complete CSS PROFILE & Walk Families Through All Supporting Documentation
  • Complete Any Additional Forms Required By The Individual Schools
  • Confirm The Accuracy Of The Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Make Any Necessary Adjustments To The SAR
  • Advise and Counsel on Stafford and PLUS Loan Applications
  • Provide Protection From Being Overlooked For Grants, Scholarships Or Loans Due To Mistakes In Your Financial Aid Forms
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    Value Added Services

    Our Team

    John McDonough
    John McDonough
    President/CEO

    John McDonough is the President and CEO of Houston-based Studemont Group of companies. Studemont Group, LP, Studemont...

    Nathan Rorick
    Nathan Rorick
    Financial Specialist

    Nathan Rorick - Financial Advisor with 12 of years experience in the industry. His is a registered

    ...

    Maggie Mederes
    Maggie Mederes
    Marketing Director

    Maggie is VP of Operations and Business Development for Studemont Group, Studemont Group College Funding Solutions and...

    Elizabeth Johns
    Elizabeth Johns
    Client Relationship Director

    Elizabeth is experienced in new business processing, client relations and financial case design. Elizabeth worked in...

    Bob Harberson
    Bob Harberson
    Financial Consultant

    Bob Harberson is a vital member of The Studemont Group and has helped grow and expand the company’s already thriving...

    Ben Kimla
    Ben Kimla
    Director of Case Design

    Ben Kimla is an investment advisor representative and director of case design for Studemont Group and College Funding...

    Kimberly Castillo
    Kimberly Castillo
    Case Designer

    Kimberly Castillo is a case designer at College Funding Evolution. She’s part of a team that designs college funding...

    Sheran LaCaze
    Sheran LaCaze
    VP of Finance and Licensing

    Sheran is the VP of Finance and Licensing for Studemont Group of Companies. She also works as Director of Business...

    Deisy Venegas
    Deisy Venegas
    Associate Case Manager

    Deisy, our associate case manager, has been working in with Studemont Group for close to a year. Prior to joining our...

    Lyndsay LaCaze
    Lyndsay LaCaze
    Client Liaison

    Lyndsay is the newest addition to the Studemont Group of Companies. She works as our Client Liaison. Her role...

    • We used the Studemont Group for my daughter.It had been more than 20 years since her mother and I had gone to college and we were clueless as to today's processes. John took us through the entire process from studying and retaking the SAT, to searching for the right colleges, to applying for...

      David Colf
    • The Studemont groups study plan helped our son to achieve a 1570 on his SAT. John and his team helped us design a strategy to pay off our son's engineering tuition with a five year plan. Further than that, John helped us put a plan in place for financial security for the rest of our lives.

      Doug Elliott
    • John and everyone at the Studemont Group helped us tremendously with filling out the FAFSA forms and setting up a great way to pay for our 2 kids (3 years apart) college. One of our kids went out of state for college. John really helped out with the out of state process of getting her into the...

      Daniel Flores
    • We THOUGHT we had college finance plan... but we were under-prepared. Studemont, John McDonough and his staff help craft a successful plan to finance our two children’s education while maintaining a retirement income. Not only that, but the partnered with the kids throughout the admissions...

      Kathy Sulver
    • We have been with Studemont for almost 5 years. We have been pleased with the overall service and their promptness to submitting the proper paperwork to our children’s universities. I highly recommend them.

      Wendy Brons-Miller
    • I have worked with John McDonough and the Studemont Group for over 5 years now. He is assisting my family with both putting two daughters through their college educations, and overall financial strategy (investment management and retirement planning). John, the Studemont Group and his team have...

      Taneeco Evans
    • I am thankful and at the same time disgusted at the cost of higher education!

      Kathy

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