CASE STUDY - "My Grades aren't good enough for college and we probably can't afford it"

The Aldo Family

We met the Aldo Family in February 2015. Leo, their son, reluctantly attended one of our free workshops and was clearly not in the mood to talk about college. Based on comments from other teachers and counselors, Leo was told that he could probably not get into a good school and should keep his options limited to in-state choices or a community college. We had to opportunity to educate Leo and his family. With an improvement in his grades, a solid test score, and a strategic selection of colleges willing to meet financial need, Leo came away with an impressive list of colleges and generous aid packages. We were able to show Leo and his family that their options were not nearly as limited as they originally thought. One of the colleges finally came forward with an offer he couldn't refuse.

Leo (2016 Grad) - 3.2 GPA / 24 ACT Score

$64,417 - Adjusted Gross Income

$500 - Savings

Final EFC - $9,722

Results

Emory and Henry College

$44,900  - Cost of Attendance

$23,800 - Grants / Scholarships

$21,100- True Cost

Susquehanna University

$55,340 - Cost of Attendance

$45,265 - Grants / Scholarships

$10,059  - True Cost

Oglethorpe

$47,710  - Cost of Attendance

$25,772 - Grants / Scholarships

$21,938- True Cost

Ohio Wesleyan University

$59,810  - Cost of Attendance

$34,701 - Grants and Scholarships

$25,109 - True Cost

Juniata College

$53,760  - Cost of Attendance

$32,800 - Grants and Scholarships

$20,960- True Cost

Lynchburg College

$45,940  - Cost of Attendance

$27,750 - Grants and Scholarships

$18,190- True Cost


Aldo College Savings

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