College Expense Planning

It’s no secret that college requires money. However, the actual expenses can vary widely from one institution to another. For college-bound students and their families, it can be stressful trying to determine how much higher education is going to cost, and how to pay for it without accumulating an untenable amount of debt.

The “sticker price” for college tuition, fees, room and board, and related charges can be shocking. That’s why HelloCollege offers college expense planning services to help students and their parents understand and navigate potential costs.

Planning for College Costs Can Reduce Stress 

When you choose HelloCollege to help with the college budgeting process, we will work closely with you to create a custom plan for your expenses. Your dedicated financial counselor will ask for information about your family’s specific situation in order to determine the best opportunities for your future. If there are any potential funding gaps, it does not mean that college is not an option—but it does make sense to talk about possible routes that you may not have considered.

The HelloCollege process involves discussions about students’ goals and dreams and the realities of higher education. Then we talk about student budgeting; explore need-based grants and other financial aid; consider the likelihood of obtaining merit-based assistance (and how to increase the odds of success in that area); and share information about possible sources of external scholarships. There are many private scholarships available to college students, but knowing which to apply for is not necessarily intuitive. When you work with HelloCollege, we take the guesswork out of college student expenses.

Let HelloCollege Help

HelloCollege is proud of its success helping students plan for their futures in higher education, including college budgeting. Our results speak for themselves: Of the more than 1,200 students with whom HelloCollege has worked, a staggering 96% have received scholarship aid, compared to the national average of 37%.

Beyond scholarship aid, we put college financial and budgeting information at your fingertips and provide a trusted guide to help you understand that information. To learn more about planning for college costs, contact us today!

Hello Team

We’re passionate about your college success

We don’t treat you like a number. We know each student has their own important needs. We used that passion to create a personal approach that helps all students with their unique college admissions journey.
Kevin Krebs - Founder of HelloCollege

Kevin Krebs

Founder and Managing Director

Inspired by his parents, Kevin’s journey from a first-gen, diverse, low-income background to Northwestern University shaped him. After experiencing challenges, including student loan debt, he founded HelloCollege and has spent the last 25 years helping students successfully navigate college admissions.

Allison Dahleen

Senior Director of Operations

As an MSA holder, Allison brings a wealth of experience supporting students in higher education. As a respected leader at HelloCollege, she expertly navigates admissions, and academic advising, empowering students to conquer their goals.

Sue Nelson

Financial Specialist

Sue has 25 years of experience in financial services and assists families with the financial aid process and cost saving practices.

Amanda Yoder

Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Amanda is our Lead College Counselor and Trainer with over 10 years of high school counseling experience. She holds a Master's in Education with a counseling concentration and graduate certificates in Military & Family Education and Administration & Supervision (Educational Leadership).

Don Keller

College Counselor

Don is a highly skilled College Admissions Counselor, boasting a 20-year background in student service. Don's expertise includes evaluating applications for UC - Berkeley and the prestigious Questbridge Scholars program, making him well-equipped to guide students toward their educational aspirations.

Raymond Gonzales

College Counselor

Raymond, a first-generation college graduate from the Bay Area, holds a Master's in Education from Harvard, a Master's in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's in Social Work from University of Southern California. His diverse experience includes roles at Assist America and the UN, reflecting a commitment to global youth advocacy.

Shariq Ali

College Counselor

Shariq holds an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from Elon University. Shariq leverages his experience in research, advocacy, and mentoring to create personalized plans that reflect students’ unique stories and empower them to achieve their academic dreams.

Miracle Husband

College Counselor

Miracle received her B.A. from the University of California - Berkeley and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She has a rich background in higher education, founding her own College Advising company and roles in business academic counseling at Tulane University and college advising at UC Berkeley.

Kimberly Shipman

College Counselor

Kim holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and has over 10 years of experience in college and career counseling. She has a passion for helping students discover their career passions and connect them to the perfect college experience.

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