A CCPS is a financial professional who has met the rigorous certification requirements specified by the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP). They have received extensive training and are up to date on yearly continued education requirements in college planning strategies. A CCPS also possesses the skills and experience necessary to build an effective, integrated college plan for you.
Their are literally hundreds of ways to get college paid for, and a CCPS is qualified to identify the strategies that apply to your situation. These strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:
Saving for college in "college friendly" ways
Utilization of 529 Plans, UTMAS & Coverdells
Paying for college without abandoning other financial priorities - such as retirement saving
Proper use of loans
EFC Reduction strategies
Academic & Admission Strategies
Scholarship and Grant resources
Advanced Tax Strategies
There is no need to be overwhelmed. The specialized training and experience of a CCPS will identify the areas that will provide the strongest benefits for your family, and present you with an implementation plan.