• 1. We do not qualify for any need-based financial aid. Why should we work with a college funding strategist?

    Paying for college requires more than need-based aid. It often includes school selection for merit-based aid, possibly student jobs (summer and perhaps during the school year), and – especially – optimal use of the family’s assets and income. This includes tax strategies, best sources of money to use, how to negotiate with a school for a better package, etc. It’s very much like creating a mosaic – it’s all about putting together the pieces of your puzzle so that you can pay for all the years of school for all your kids – affordably.

  • 2. What can we expect from BCFS?

    You can rely on us to complete all forms accurately and on time. We help reduce your out-of-pocket costs as much as legally possible. And we show you all applicable strategies to pay for education as affordably as possible.

    By working with us, you’ll ALWAYS have pro-active advocates looking out for you and working on your behalf. In short, we deliver PEACE OF MIND.

  • 5. What are the biggest mistakes people make when they try to do this on their own?

    We have seen a wide variety of “mistakes” over the years – from clerical errors on the forms, to misunderstanding the questions (and providing incorrect or overstated information) to not knowing how the financial aid process works to errors in college selection to . . . . But the biggest mistake most families make is “winging it” and failing to actually have a plan for how to pay the costs they are expected to cover.

    Beacon College Funding Solutions answers these questions and more! We provide information and guidance to Bay Area parents helping them determine how best to anticipate and meet the costs of college with the least negative impact on their family’s present and future financial security. Just as importantly, these parents gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have someone on their side.