Paying For College

Regardless of income level, we understand that your primary concern is how to pay for college without going broke. Our FAFSA consulting and college scholarship services are just a few of the ways we help you afford tuition for one or more students. Our experienced advisors look at your financial picture overall to help you understand all financial options available to you.

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FAFSA Application

Before college, most families will have never filled out a financial aid application. It's true that the process can be overwhelming and confusing. We are here to help. For years, we've transformed numerous families and their students into confident pros who can navigate the application process with ease.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

At Ducerus, we are familiar with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and can help you navigate it. What's more, using the tool correctly will eliminate the possibility of getting selected for federal verification.

Minimize EFC

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is perhaps the most important aspect of your FAFSA application. It is what schools use to determine how much financial aid your student receives

Scholarships & Grants

The great thing about scholarships is that there’s one out there for everyone. Whether you’re an all-star athlete or a renaissance fair enthusiast, you can finance college through multiple scholarships created for specific types of students.

Strategic College Funding

Whatever financial solutions we offer your student will always keep your family’s best interests in mind. In talking with you, we will present a variety of loan options based on your personal circumstances.

Awards Analysis and Appeals

We offer side by side comparisons of awards your students receive to help you make the best financial decisions for your family. If you believe you have been under-awarded, or if we believe a decision is unfair, we work with the school to develop a strategy to be reconsidered for the award.

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What to expect at our free workshops?


By offering the community free in-person 75-minute workshops, we have become a trusted extension of education professionals, in particular, high school counselors. We expand on the advice they provide your students, thus preparing them further for college applications. Topics covered include:

Send Your Children to Their Dream School No Matter Your Income.

How to send your child to their dream school… without getting trapped in a financial nightmare of high rate, high payment, and massive debt.

How to double, or in some cases triple, your eligibility for FREE grant money.

How to double, or in some cases triple, your eligibility for FREE grant money as well as mistakes to avoid when applying for FAFSA, grants, scholarships or loans.

Discover the Five Greatest Myths about College Planning.

The 5 greatest myths about planning for college – and why listening to other parents or a guidance counselor could cost you big time.

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Every Student Deserves A Chance!

Our philosophy at Ducerus is that every student deserves the chance to attend college. For over twenty years, our staff has worked to make this a reality for many families. We not only offer personalized solutions, but help you implement them as well. From FAFSA forms to college essays, we’re with you every step of the journey both before and during college.

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