Services

Custom College Planning 

I offer a variety of options to meet you and your family where you're at in regards to both the process and your budget!

Essential

This program is designed for families with a senior who already knows what schools they are interested in, but would benefit from expertise of the college admissions process.

  • Complete Application Management- Colleges are getting more and more competitive, so using strategies and creating an authentic, captivating, and unique application that sets your student apart from others is more important than ever. Customized plan with key deadlines and milestones.

  • Essays- Assistance with the entire process of writing a compelling essay for both the Common App and any other supplemental applications, from brainstorming to editing and revision.

  • Final Decision Guidance- Ongoing deliberation to ensure selected school is the best fit academically, financially, and socially. Evaluate the complicated acceptance and financial aid award letters to see which one would be the best return of investment. 

  • Transitioning to College Guidance- Various resources to help students adjust to college after high school, including budgeting tools, tips to save money, study hacks, and how college is different from high school.

Optimal

This program is designed for students who also need guidance with standardized testing and selecting a major, as well as evaluating which schools are great fits for them. 

Includes everything in the Essentials Package PLUS:

  • High School Course & Extra-Curricular Planning- Student’s transcripts are reviewed before receiving advice on courses and any necessary tutoring. 

  • SAT/ACT- Review and recommend a standardized testing strategy and timeline.

  • Major Selection- Various assessments and counseling will help guide students towards potential interests, majors, and/or careers.

  • Personalized Best Fit College List- With over 4,000 options, it is necessary to research, evaluate, and create a list of best fit schools for your student. There is a lot to consider: academic fit, financial fit, and social/cultural fit.

  • Campus Visits/Tours- Preparation and explanation of strategies to demonstrate interest.

  • Activity Resume Completion- Crafted to reflect your student’s commitment to these interests.

Premium

This program is designed for families who also want assistance with financial aid strategies, funding guidance, and support.

Includes everything in the Optimal Package PLUS:

  • Funding Guidance & Support:

    • Identify different funding options tailored to your specific situation.

    • Advice and strategies to reduce Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and put you in the best position to receive all the financial aid for which you are eligible.

    • Strategize and create funding plans that assist you finding the best way to pay for college while enhancing retirement and other financial goals.

    • Advice on advanced tax strategies, estate planning and financial planning related to the higher education system.

    • Continued guidance and support throughout each year of college ensuring you remain in the best position to receive maximum financial aid, regardless of circumstantial changes.

Additionally, all packages include access to a personalized online portal that will have clear deadlines, keep the student organized, and allow for regular communication between us. Contact me if you'd like to see a demo of this invaluable tool!

Hourly Services

I also assist students and families with college planning on an hourly basis at $199 an hour. This time can be used for any of the services listed in the Essential or Optimal packages, but not funding guidance. This does not include the personalized portal or ongoing communication. 

"Tonica is seriously the best person I could think of to help walk students and parents through the whole college planning process. Her passion for the students and truly helping to guide them in the right direction is one of her best qualities. For me, I would only want to work with someone who honestly cares about what they do and the people they are serving and Cardinal College Planning is just that type of business. My younger cousin is in the midst of figuring out her future and Tonica has given me so much advice and wisdom with how to help her navigate what is to come and what steps she should take. If you're unsure of what to do next you're in the right place!"- Nichole F.

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