How to Pay for College

In the two episodes featured below on How to Pay for College HQ Podcast (a weekly interviews conducted by Celest Horton with industry experts) Elizabeth provides inspiration and guidelines to help parents and students learn How to Pay for College.

In this episode, Elizabeth discusses the Senior Year – Timeline for Success:


How to Get the best success in College Admissions, Scholarships and Grants Funding

With Elizabeth Hartley, Author, Coach, Consultant

The cost of college has risen over 440% in the last twenty years, making scholarships and financial aid more essential than ever for the average family.  Finding the right college for each student and helping them secure the best funding for that family is my primary objective.  My goal for all families is to be fully informed on how the process works, how to find the right colleges and scholarships, how to apply for and negotiate financial aid and navigate the whole process without the stress that plagues most families.

I started this journey in the same predicament as most students, searching for scholarships.  I ended up with full rides to undergraduate and graduate school plus scholarships that paid for a summer on the Outer Banks of NC, a winter spent studying humpback whale migration in Hawaii and a year in England.  Scholarships provided me with not only a great education but also some real adventures.  I now judge for many scholarships (some full and some partial), speak all around the world on the subject, write a newspaper article for college planning and work with private clients at various levels of depth and intensity.  I also consult with foundations, public and private schools and homeschool associations to provide group workshops and services to their students.

If you have concerns about how to successfully navigate choosing colleges, applying for admission, finding and competing for scholarships and what to do throughout high school to result in the most options, then consider working with a specialist like me.  It is an honor and a joy to work with families during this exciting time. While some people may choose this field to make a living, I chose it in order to make a difference.  Please let me know if I can be of service to your family.  I encourage you to consider my three primary offerings:  Private consultations, Concierge Service coaching and a variety of small group workshops.

Regardless, please enjoy the resources I’ve posted on this site and sign up to receive my free monthly e-newsletter (in the panel to the right) to learn valuable tips and insights for college planning.

Why Scholarship Gold:


I am happy to report that our daughter Mary made an early decision to apply to University of Pennsylvania and was accepted! She is so excited and we are so proud of her.  She has met her goal of getting into an Ivy League School.  Although she worked hard to achieve this goal, we all agree that this would not have happened without your services. Thank you for all of the valuable information and guidance you have given to us.

The first time you met with us, you reviewed Mary's academic portfolio and our financial situation; and, you said to us "Mary is golden".  You were right, of course.  If Mary does a work study program on campus, which is the plan, we will owe $6,700 per year and this includes a study abroad program.  This is one tenth of the annual cost AND,  Mary gets to go to Penn!!