All You Need to Know FAQs

How do I get the best financial package? +
  • We work with you in creating and implementing the most effective strategy for your family. Part of our service is comprehensive information on government and private funding alternatives. We will help you understand the terminology and facts that you need in order to make an educated decision.
Doesn’t the college financial aid office give us the best deal?+
  • Unfortunately, no. Colleges are big businesses, and their number one goal is to get the best students to attend their school and pay full list price.
How do I get more information on CAP?+
  • If you have additional questions after looking through our website, please call us or sign-up for one of our monthly interactive webinars. Visit our YouTube channel for an engaging informational video. Or sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Can’t I get all this information through my high school guidance counselor?+
  • Guidance counselors are very helpful with pointing students in the right direction for certain schools and programs, particularly those that they are familiar with. They will also help students stay on track with all the necessary requirements for graduation and school applications. At CAP we try to expand your horizons to get you the best college education academically and socially, but most importantly, financially. Choosing a college is a very emotional decision, but CAP wants parents and students to seriously consider the financial implications of the college decision, something high school guidance counselors don’t usually take into account.
What will the return on my investment be?+
  • Although we have an agreement of services we provide to each of our clients, we do not guarantee anything specific as it is difficult to know if clients have followed our instructions. If the family follows our advice, we are absolutely certain that over the maximum 4-6 years that the client is engaged with us, he or she will be extremely happy with our sound financial advice on how to save money throughout the student’s college years.
Can you help graduate students?+
  • Yes. We have been very successful in assisting graduate students identify colleges and reduce their costs.

    One example is Kathy, who decided to return to college for her master’s in physician assistant studies. She received her PA degree and estimates that CAP saved her over $20,000 and was instrumental in her success.
Can you help potential college athletes?+
  • Yes. We have been very successful in assisting high school seniors secure money from D-3 colleges for their sport.
Does CAP get involved in finding private scholarships?+
  • While we encourage clients to look for private scholarships, we do not actively search for these ourselves. We believe that our time is better spent helping the student find a college that will be the best fit for him or her. With the thousands of scholarships available it is hard for us to know the specifics of the student, ie: do they use duct tape? are they over six feet tall?
Does CAP submit applications to colleges for me?+
  • It is the student’s responsibility to submit his or her own applications to the colleges he or she is interested in attending. While there are individuals and companies that will do this for you or help you with it, we believe that it is better for the student to write and submit his or her own essay. We do provide you with resources to help you complete your application.
If our student takes AP courses in high school, will it reduce the cost of college?+
  • Not necessarily. Completing AP courses may give your student college credit (at high school prices), depending on which college he or she chooses to attend. There are many colleges that do not accept AP classes for college credit, so be sure to check with the colleges you are interested in to see if they will accept the credits.
Do my student’s SAT/ACT scores really matter?+
  • SAT and ACT scores have a big impact on the amount of scholarship that a college gives a student. We suggest using a reputable Test Prep company or tutor to prepare students for the exams so they receive the most merit money as possible. Visit our resource page for local recommendations.
How can I position my student to look attractive to a college?+
  • Our Client Education Specialists will provide many different suggestions for positioning your student.

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