of our students have been accepted to their top-choice school.

“Tonica was a huge help to our son. His confidence clearly grew and he was able to be accepted at his first-choice college! We cannot credit her enough for her guidance and knowledge.”

-Terry Sheridan, parent of a class of 2018 student



average financial aid package for our clients.

“I just wanted to let you know I was accepted and received the Trustee scholarship that is $20,000 renewable each year!! That is their highest scholarship!! Thank you for all your help!”

-Ariel Winfrey, class of 2021 student 



  • Arizona State University

  • Auburn University

  • Augustana University

  • Baylor University

  • Bowie State University

  • Case Western Reserve University

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu

  • Colorado Mesa University

  • Colorado School of Mines

  • Colorado State University

  • Creighton University

  • Duke University

  • Duquesne University

  • George Mason University

  • George Washington University

  • Gonzaga University

  • Grand Canyon University

  • Grinnell College

  • Hampton University

  • Hawaii Pacific University

  • Howard University

  • Iowa State University

  • John Carroll University

  • Kansas State University

  • Kenyon College

  • Miami University

  • ​Michigan State University

  • Montana State University

  • Northeastern University

  • North Carolina State

  • Ohio State University

  • Ohio University

  • Oklahoma Christian University

  • Oklahoma State University

  • Pepperdine University

  • Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Portland State University

  • Princeton University

  • Purdue University

  • Regis University

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • San Diego State University

  • Santa Clara University

  • Seattle Pacific University

  • St. Mary’s College

  • Texas A&M University

  • Texas Christian University

  • The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of California Irvine

  • University of California San Diego

  • University of Colorado Boulder

  • University of Dallas

  • University of Dayton

  • University of Denver

  • University of Florida

  • University of Kansas

  • University of Maryland

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Minnesota

  • University of Missouri Columbia

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • University of Northern Colorado

  • University of Oklahoma

  • University of Oregon

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Portland

  • University of Puget Sound

  • University of Tulsa

  • University of Utah

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Virginia

  • University of Washington

  • University of Wooster

  • Virginia Tech

  • Washington State University

  • West Virginia University

  • Westmont College

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

What People Are Saying

“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. 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 Ferkul

Tonica is clearly someone who cares deeply for others and will bend over backward to do whatever she can for her clients.

Erinn Campton, colleague

I previously worked with Tonica and as a college counselor myself and also a parent; I can say that students are in good hands. She has amazing relationships with students andtand truly their best interest at heart. Essay writing is a special skill she has and with Covid-19 many schools going test optional, essay will be more important than ever. Who better to help than a former English teacher!

Kriste Duhigg, school counselor & former colleague

The first thing I noticed about Tonica was her honesty and professionalism, in addition to her down-to-earth demeanor. She is experienced and knowledgeable in the education and college planning field which is crucial in guiding parents and students in unfamiliar territory. Although I had gone through the process once before, choosing a college and going through the admissions procedure is tough and different for every student.

Adam Johnson, parent

Tonica has a lot of experience helping many students get into their dream schools. She does a great job with helping brainstorm topics for application essays and revising essays. She also taught me the strategy for choosing which schools to apply to based on a three tier system. Applying to college can be very hard, but with her help I am now on at The Ohio State University attending their College of Engineering.

Shauna Burkes, class of 2020

Tonica has been an amazing help throughout this college process. She helped me before I started planning for college, during the entire process, and even guided me through the transition into college. I strongly believe any problem a student runs into, Tonica will, without a doubt, be give great guidance. Without her, I don’t know if I would be where I am today.

Aaron Martin, class of 2020

I feel very confident in my college decision because of the help from Tonica. She not only guided me through the whole process of picking a college, but she also assisted in the financial aid aspect. She instilled in me to choose a college that I could reasonably afford and one that had the whole college experience that I was looking for. Thanks to Tonica I am fully confident that I made the best choice!

Alissa Dodd, class of 2019

I’ve known Tonica for over nine years. She is well educated, organized, and talented. She is also very knowledgeable about college planning. She is truly passionate about helping students and setting them up for success.

Carlie Beard, class of 2016

Tonica has been a mentor for my two high school children for the past four years! She has provided them with many resources while helping them choose their major and what college they are going to attend! She additionally helped educate my children on financial aid, grants, and scholarships during their college selection process. We couldn’t have done this without all her support!

Dayna White, parent of class of 2018 & 2020 students

My daughter recently contacted Cardinal College Planning regarding essay prep. The essay had some components that she was not at all familiar with. The help and guidance they provided was invaluable! Not only were the resources helpful, they proof-read her essay even helped her see why the changes needed to be made. As we continue in the college process we will be working hand in hand with this incredible organization!

Vanessa Pugh, parent of a class of 2023 student

Tonica is very committed in providing the best guidance in college selection. I love working with her!

Christine Berlage, parent of a class of 2021 student

Tonica is a sweet person to work with, super fast reply and she helped my son with a few essays, and general advice on college by giving him direction and support. She is very understanding and is a perfect bridge between a worried mom and a forgetful senior.

Estelle Hoehl, parent of a class of 2021 student