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Our Mission

Our mission is to make going to college a reality for any student. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to know all your options. Our goal is to show families how to take the guesswork out of planning and paying for college to make sure it is as easy and affordable a process as possible.

The Facts About Affording College

  • The average cost for an undergraduate degree at a public college in Texas is over $100,000
  • Undergraduate degrees at some private colleges cost over $300,000!
  • Each year the average cost of college increases by around 6%
  • Six out of ten families have nothing saved for their student's college education
  • Three out of ten have money saved, but it is less than $10,000 for all their children
  • Preparing for college should begin at the very latest by the student's sophomore year of high school
  • On average it takes a student 5.8 years to obtain their bachelors degree
  • College tuition has increased an average of 7 percent annually since 1990
  • The largest increase in tuition paid by students at public universities on record occurred between the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 school years.  Up 8.3%
  • In a three year stretch (2009-2010 school year through the 2011-2012 school year) the average total cost at four year public universities increased by 25%
  • In 2016 the average college graduate leaves school with $37,172 in student loans
  • Between fall of 2003 and fall of 2015 statewide tuition and fees for undergraduates has grown 119%!

College Planning Workshops

Each month College Funding Specialists provides free and informational workshops around the Austin and surrounding areas. The workshops are designed to introduce families to the college planning and financial aid process. Please visit our Upcoming Workshops page to find out more about what our workshops cover and to find a workshop near you!

Good Day Austin Fox 7 News Appearance

Ryan Thomson was interviewed on Fox 7 News on September 17th, 2017 to discuss preparing for and planning for college. Please click on the following link to watch this interview conducted by Raeann Christensen.