Accolade Financial assists parents across all stages of the college planning process. From exploring savings options for your young ones to figuring out the most efficient way to cover costs for the student who’s already in college, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of the common areas we help with:
College savings vehicles are not one size fits all. What works best for one family may not work at all for another. There are many different ways to save for college, each with different characteristics like whether the funds have tax advantaged growth, whether they can also be used for other financial needs, and how they are considered in the financial aid process. These characteristics vary in importance from one family to the next. Since Joshua is not only a certified college planning specialist but also a financial advisor and insurance broker, he is uniquely positioned to discuss the pros and cons of virtually any savings vehicle and assist in implementing it.
Does your family qualify for need-based aid? Unsure whether your student should focus more on need-based aid or merit-based aid? We will help determine a student’s expected family contribution by both FAFSA and CSS Profile calculations before you file any aid forms. Our report also identifies whether any changes can be made to qualify for more need-based aid before the aid forms are filed, as well as predict how future variables like income changes or additional college students would factor in.
We create a very personalized list of best-fit 15 options for your student. A custom highlighted and bound report will be provided that includes an informative 2-page data report for each school on the list, as well as each one’s estimated net cost after grants and scholarships. From a parental standpoint, two things are accomplished with this service:
The filing of financial aid forms can be both confusing and time consuming if you are not already very familiar with the specifics of each question. Countless students lose large amounts of financial aid every year due to simple mistakes. Accolade Financial will walk you through the preparation steps and fill out the FAFSA (and CSS Profile, if required) with you so that common mistakes are avoided and so that it doesn’t take any more of your time than it needs to.
Was your student offered the best possible aid packages or should a formal appeal(s) be submitted? We will review a school’s financial aid award and compare it to what we’d expect the school to offer your student, specifically. When appropriate, a customized appeal letter and appeals instructions will be provided.
All families use some combination of 3 basic funding sources to pay for college: Savings, Cash Flow, and Borrowing. Once you know the exact amount that will need to be covered each year, we will work with whatever resources you have to design the most efficient way to pay. Special care is taken to make sure that your funding plan will coordinate well with other financial goals, like retirement and future housing changes.
While the services above address the most common needs, Accolade can also create custom service agreements.