CASE STUDY - "I make too much to get aid, but not enough to afford an expensive college."

The Vaughn Family

We met the Vaughn family in early 2015. Their son, Pete, had high hopes of attending an elite college, but Mom and Dad could not afford the elite price. With an older student already in college, and a younger sister not far behind, Mom and Dad were feeling the pressure.

We helped Pete focus on his majors and offered great college selections that were a match to his academics and career goals. His favorite college, Wake Forest, came up a little short. However, an appeal strategy showing competing offers brought an additional $8500 a year to the award letter, putting Wake Forest within reach. Pete will attend Wake Forest in the Fall of 2016.

Pete (2015 Grad) - 3.5 GPA / 35 ACT Score

$157,028 Adjusted Gross Income

$3,500 Checking and Savings

$15,000 529 Plans

Final EFC – 21,834

RESULTS

Furman University

$60,714 - Cost of Attendance

$35,714 - Grants / Scholarships

$25,000 - True Cost                                          

Pepperdine

$65,652 – Cost of Attendance

$36,000 – Scholarships / Grants

$29,652 – True Cost    

Santa Clara University

$63,648 - Cost of Attendance            

$23,556 - Grants / Scholarships          

$40,092 - True Cost                                              

Wake Forest

$66,512 – Cost of Attendance

$42,200 – Scholarships / Grants

$24,312 – True Cost  

University of GA

$25,134 – Cost of Attendance

$8,490 – Grants / Scholarships

$16,644 – True Cost  


Vaughn College Savings