CASE STUDY - "I make too much money to get any aid."

The Brown Family

The Brown Family came to us in June of 2014 and they were very skeptical. They did not feel that their student, Thomas, had the grades or test scores to get any aid. They also felt that they made too much money to qualify for financial aid and they were actively pursuing the "cheaper" in-state option. Through our college selection process, we showed them that they had quite a few options in-state and beyond. Thomas applied to 9 colleges and, thus far, has been accepted to 8 with 1 acceptance still pending. He received substantial grants from 8 colleges. With all offers coming below their expected family contribution (EFC), we can't wait to hear back from college number 9.

Thomas (2015 Grad) - 3.9 GPA / 24 ACT Score

$264,000 - Adjusted Gross Income 

$50,000 - Savings and Bonds

$25,000 - 529 Plan

$30,000 - Mutual Fund

Final EFC $71,600

Results

GA College and State University

$26,690 - Cost of Attendance

$6,030 - HOPE Scholarship 

$20,660 - True Cost

Oglethorpe University

$45,700 - Cost of Attendance

$25,340 - Grants / Scholarships

20,360 - True Cost

Young Harris College

$38,951 - Cost of Attendance

20,834 - Grants / Scholarships

$18,117 - True Cost

Birmingham Southern College

$44,478 - Cost of Attendance

$23,000 - Grants / Scholarships

$21,478 - True Cost

Susquehanna University

$55,500 - Cost of Attendance

$24,000 - Grants / Scholarships

$31,500 - True Cost

Carson - Newman College

$38,600 - Cost of Attendance

$15,000 - Grants / Scholarships

$23,600 - True Cost


Brown Family Cost Savings

True cost reflects out-of-pocket costs without student loans.