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Our Office —
Hub 101, 31416 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(888) 305-1441
debbie@savvycollegefunding.com

Financial Aid Services

The SAVVY College Financial Aid Process will help guide your family every step of the way. SCFS are experts in understanding how to manage and accurately complete and submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC and all other supplemental financial aid documents to the colleges, so that you will not make the type of mistakes that will cost your family to lose out on any possible financial aid.  We will evaluate your current financial situation, determine your EFC and make constructive recommendations on how to legally lower your out of pocket costs. Savvy College Funding Solutions proudly utilizes the most secure, comprehensive and efficient college financial aid software available.

Our FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM allows families to maximize their opportunities for financial aid by not making costly mistakes on the many complex and confusing college financial aid forms.  Services may include the following:

  • E.F.C. Calculation
  • E.F.C. Reduction Recommendations
  • School Costs and Financial Aid Award Estimates
  • College Funding Analysis and Report
  • Financial Overview and Analysis
  • Comprehensive College Funding Plans
  • FAFSA Completion
  • CSS Profile Registration
  • CSS Profile Completion
  • Institutional Financial Aid Forms Completion
  • Adjustment Accuracy of Student Aid Report (SAR)   
  • Appeal Strategies
  • Appeal Letters
  • Financial Aid Updates

We offer everything from à la carte to concierge services.  You can find additional information on the services we offer, price lists, and purchase options at the links below. 

Form Preparation & Management »

Concierge Services »

A La Carte Services »

 
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Meet our Founder, Debbie Goldstein»
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Our Office —
Hub 101, 31416 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(888) 305-1441
debbie@savvycollegefunding.com

 

Admissions Services

The SAVVY Service Solution  is not only knowledgeable and effective, we truly care about our students. We only work with a limited number of seniors at a time, truly get to know our students and provide personalized attention and guidance. Our goal is to serve as a mentor and motivator who nurtures a student’s development and confidence, while simultaneously demystifying the college application and financial aid process for the entire family.

 SCFS offers Full Range of Services which lets us design a program that will fit your particular needs and budget.  This way, students can utilize our services as much or as little as needed, and target those areas that they feel are most relevant.

  • How We Measure Success:
    At SCFS, success is ensuring our students reach their personal and academic goals. Success isn’t about getting into the most selective college – it’s about helping students get into the right fit college for them, where they’ll be successful and happy.

THE SAVVY Methodology sees admissions as more than just grades... The SCFS methodology empowers students to identify and utilize their strengths and interests to make an impact in their school and community. SCFS takes a holistic approach to the college admissions process, taking into account the whole student and his or her goals, both academically and personally.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • The SAVVY Initial Consultation Is the first step on your student’s path to a successful college application process. This 60-minute consultation will help your family understand the college options available given your student’s academic, standardized testing, and extracurricular record, as well as his or her personal interests. We will meet with your family to help your student create a strategic plan based on his or her interests, allowing your student to make the most of his or her high school experience. This personalized plan will include a strategic plan for high school, a standardized testing schedule, and recommendations for courses, extracurricular activities, summer experiences, internships, community service, and more. 

  • The SAVVY Freshman Program Is a four-year program where students will work directly with Debbie to select courses that will ensure a challenging yet appropriate curriculum, solve academic problems that may arise, identify and recommend extracurricular and summer activities, develop and explore core interests, learn how to make a meaningful impact in their school and local community. Our goal is to work towards building a strong academic and personal profile for the student, then work to develop a balanced college list, application strategy and begin working through their college applications over the summer prior to their senior year.

  • The SAVVY Sophomore Program Starts during a student's sophomore year, where students will work directly with Debbie over three years to refine  course selections, address academic red flags, identify new extracurricular and summer initiatives. During junior year, students will work  to develop a balanced college list, application strategy and work through their applications. 

  • The SAVVY Junior Program With this program, juniors will work directly with Debbie to review their high school career thus far and maximize the time they have left to strengthen their profile. Students will begin to work on building and finalizing a balanced college list, create and update their resumes, and begin to brainstorm personal statements. 

  • The SAVVY Senior Program As seniors, students will work directly with Debbie to solidify their college lists, hone their application strategies (Early Decision vs. Early Action, etc.), complete their resumes, prepare for admissions interviews, and write and revise their personal statements, essay prompts and supplemental essays.

  • The SAVVY College Counseling Programs for Seniors or Transfer Students Here, SCFS offers comprehensive, fast-track senior programs, in addition to short-term options that give you targeted counseling. Whether you need full college application support, or you want insight for a specific school, we have options to suit your needs.

 
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Meet our Founder, Debbie Goldstein»
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Our Office —
Hub 101, 31416 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(888) 305-1441
debbie@savvycollegefunding.com

Form Preparation & Management

Savvy College Funding Solutions will professionally guide, prepare, manage and submit your FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile forms.  

We understand that college financial aid  forms can be complicated and confusing for some parents. Our goal is to educate and guide families through the process in a secure, organized and stress free manner.

The FAFSA is the foundation and gateway financial aid application to all federal and state financial aid. FAFSA uses a Federal Methodology to determine your families Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your eligibility for "need" based federal loans and grants.

The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is used by many private colleges to assess the student’s eligibility for the college’s own institutional aid dollars. The CSS/Financial Aid Profile uses the Institutional Methodology to determine how much your student will be granted in "merit" based aid.

In the case of divorced parents, the CSS Profile Noncustodial form is sometimes required by a specific college. We will confirm if your selected college requires a Noncustodial form.

There are two financial aid forms with two methodologies of calculating a student’s expected family contribution. The income reported on both aid forms used to be the income from the prior year’s tax return, but in 2015 a change to the so-called prior – prior year (PPY) format of reporting income was announced and went into effect in October of 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Our fees for the above services are a flat fee and are as follows:

  • FAFSA  (Free Registration)
  • FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid Profile
  • Noncustodial Profile 
  • FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid Profile and Noncustodial Profile
  • FAFSA, CSS Profile, Noncustodial Profile, one FAFSA Revision, Award Analysis and Appeal Letter if appropriate 
  • Complete Concierge Services, includes FAFSA, CSS, IDOC preparation and filing, 1 FAFSA revision, College Cost Analyst, Award Evaluation and Analyst and Appeal Letter if appropriate
  • A La Carte Services 
 
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Meet our Founder, Debbie Goldstein»
Schedule a Savvy Consultation »

Our Office —
Hub 101, 31416 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(888) 305-1441
debbie@savvycollegefunding.com

Concierge Services

Want us to do it all for you?

Our Complete Concierge Service includes all the services offered in our other services (filing your FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid Profile, and Noncustodial forms), assistance with any of the other forms required by the colleges chosen by your student in order to create a complete financial aid application profile.

And we do it all for you! 

This package includes the following:

  1. Review of colleges where your child is most likely to receive financial aid
  2. Help identify potential strategies to lower your EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  3. Preparation and submission of FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid Profile and Noncustodial Profile forms
  4. Review of financial aid offers that you receive, and where appropriate, assist with financial aid appeals

 

 
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Meet our Founder, Debbie Goldstein»
Schedule a Savvy Consultation »

Our Office —
Hub 101, 31416 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(888) 305-1441
debbie@savvycollegefunding.com

 

A La Carte Services

You may need help with some facets or many facets of the financial aid process and we can help you with anything that you find confusing or just need help with.

Whatever it is, we are here to support you and to make your experience a good one. Our hourly services are available to help you when you have questions, get stuck or don’t have time to figure things out on your own. 

Choose one of our a la carte service:

    1.    Institution-Specific Financial Aid Forms
    2.    Assistance With Appeals
    3.    General Financial Aid Consulting
    4.    Business Farm Supplement Form
    5.    Reviewing Financial Aid Awards
    6.    Financial Section of Private Scholarship Applications
    7.    Anything Else.... Just Ask!

Our a la carte services are offered at $200 per hour. Please email to get a time estimate for the service(s) you require.