College planning and saving advice from the experts

2021

Tips For Writing a Great College Essay

Tips For Writing a Great College Essay

The essay is an important part of the college admission application. It provides students with the opportunity to connect on a more personal level with the admissions office while showcasing their creative writing skills. Check out my conversation with Clairissa...

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Hi, I’m Ann Garcia, CFP®, the College Financial Lady. I’m a fee-only, fiduciary financial advisor. I help families plan and finance affordable college education. I’m also a mom to college-aged twins, so I’m right there with you.Has there ever been a year as hotly...

College Readiness

College Readiness

What are some factors students and parents should consider when planning out their high school career to support college readiness? Check out my conversation with Curtis Ferguson, Associate Director of Admission at University of Southern California and Orlando...

2020

Chatting with the College Financial Lady

Chatting with the College Financial Lady

I sat down recently with Ann Garcia, the College Financial Lady. We had a great conversation about the importance of early college savings, building a balanced college saving portfolio and exploring all college savings options, including Private College 529 Plan. Ann...

College Search Tools

College Search Tools

Spring of the junior year is when many high school students and families begin their college search.  Everyone approaches the search a bit differently, and there is no shortage of tools and resources to assist your effort.  And yet, we know it can feel...

Jump-Starting College and Career Planning

Jump-Starting College and Career Planning

The current health and economic challenges we face make us think about what the future will look like for our children.  I am a parent of two curious children, a 7-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. While they are still developing their wide array of interests...