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Local company helps parents and kids navigate the road to college

College planning help for parents. (Source: WOIO) College planning help for parents. (Source: WOIO)
BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

Consider them the sherpa of scholarships. They are the connection to college cash, and the authority on the applications, to get your kid to school and find a way to pay for it.

When Lauren and Fred Angie were faced with two sons about to head off to college, they were a little overwhelmed.

"I didn't go to college so the whole process was very foreign to me. How to start, where to find the funding, what awards are available," says Lauren Angie.

So they hired Strategic College Funding Solutions.

"People are quick to hire a decorator to make your house look good, or they're quick to hire a realtor to find a house, or a CPA to do their taxes, but this is one of the single largest financial expenditures a family will ever make in their life," says Scott Weingold, Strategic College Funding Solutions.

For a fee, ranging from two to five thousand dollars, this company will basically hold your hand all the way through the entire process. They can help choose the best school, how to apply and get in and then how to pay for it.

"Even if we pick the right school and we get in, now we have to figure out how we pay for this. How do we navigate the financial aid process?"Angie worries.

The financial results very according to Scott Weingold, co-founder of Strategic College Funding. Some families can get 90% of school paid for, some zero. It depends on a lot of factors.

The Angies estimate 40% of their two sons' school got paid for.

"You don't know what you don't know, and just like Scott mentioned, there is funding and award money that I would have no idea was even an option to support the needs of a college kid."

The best time to start planning with a company like this is sometime around your child's sophomore year in high school. Believe it or not, your first consultation meeting with them is free.

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