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Who We Are

Hi, I’m Micheal McKinnon.

An independent educational consultant, college admissions advisor and master financial aid strategist dedicated to assisting your student to get into a great-for-you school at a reasonable cost and with minimal (or no) debt. My heart goes out to parents today. Colleges do NOT make entry a pleasure or an ease. Often, a college education is the second largest expense for a family undertakes. But it doesn’t need to be.

Our promise is simple.

We will guide you through a proven, five-step proprietary system so your college admissions experience is calm, streamlined, clear and focused. We give families options, tailored to their exact...

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An independent educational consultant, college admissions advisor and master financial aid strategist dedicated to assisting your student to get into a great-for-you school at a reasonable cost and with minimal (or no) debt. My heart goes out to parents today. Colleges do NOT make entry a pleasure or an ease. Often, a college education is the second largest expense for a family undertakes. But it doesn’t need to be.

Our promise is simple.

We will guide you through a proven, five-step proprietary system so your college admissions experience is calm, streamlined, clear and focused. We give families options, tailored to their exact situation. Plus, we’ll help your student with whatever their future goals include—internships, grad school, international study and/or securing that first “real” job.

College should be the most rewarding, enjoyable and rich period of your student's educational career. Trust College Planners of America to help make this a reality for you.

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Who We Work With

 

I tell every family I meet with that two things have to happen for us to work together:

alt tagYou’ve got to like me alt tagI’ve got to like you.

The path to college is like a fine dining experience.
There are a dizzying array of delicious courses (test prep, college visits, deciding a major, and more). The meal is made more full with seamless service and delightful company. Each element plays a role in the delights of the full experience.

College Planners of America knows "eat-and-run" or "buffet-style" college consulting just leaves families with a bad taste in their mouth. 

You and your family are best served by a long-term partnership. I do my very best to ensure we all--parents and students alike--enjoy our collaboration and the process from start to finish.

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STUDENTS


We work with local & not-so-local college-bound students who:

    • Will attend the right college
    • Are willing to work a coach to navigate their college process                       efficiently
    • Follow our suggestions to increase their test scores and to maintain         or even improve their GPA

 

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PARENTS

 

 We work with parents who:

  •  Know the value of working with a coach to ensure their student
             finds a right-fit college from the start
  •  Plan to pay for college without “breaking the bank” or emptying their              retirement accounts
  •  Are open-minded, trust a professional, clear in communicating
            their own needs and desires, and coachable




How We Do It

 

Although it’s counter-intuitive, colleges intentionally create a series of barriers and roadblocks to entry. Their over-complication creates a “win” for them as big businesses, but a “loss” for you as a client.

We level the college admissions playing field through a series of time-tested strategies, earning a “W” for our families. Many services assist either the parent(s) or the student. We watch out for the interests of both those seeking a degree and those writing tuition checks.

As a full-service college planning organization, College Planners of America knows:

  • There are two ways to pay for college: your money or someone else’s. We assist you to keep as much of your hard-earned money in your own pocket as possible.
  • There’s no one “perfect” college. The right school is one where a student can be happy, successful and graduate in four year (or less) with a marketable degree at a reasonable cost and minimal debt. Everything else is of secondary importance.

We assist our client families to navigate the path to college and beyond in a sane, orderly, efficient manner customized each family's individual needs, desires and budget. For more info on the process, click the “Find Out More” button below. If you’re ready to have a conversation about your specific situation, concerns and needs, click “Schedule Your No-Cost Meet & Greet” or give us a call now.

 

COLLEGE PLANNERS OF AMERICA, LTD.

1401 Branding Avenue, Suite 290
Downers Grove, IL 60515-1197

630-971-2300

info@cofp.net

SUCCESS STORIES


  • "I felt so relieved working with Mike. He was an awesome guide for myself and my daughter. It was like having an experienc...


    "I felt so relieved working with Mike. He was an awesome guide for myself and my daughter. It was like having an experienced captain navigating our perfectly outfitted ship instead of us paddling around willy-nilly in our own make-shift raft."


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Jeanne P., Hinsdale
  • "Working with a professional has been so cost effective…Mike’s recommendations easily saved our family $50K"

    "Working with a professional has been so cost effective…Mike’s recommendations easily saved our family $50K"

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    Dan N., Glen Ellyn
  • "I didn’t know what to expect at our free Meet & Greet Session. We blatantly told Mike our number one priority and within the first ten minutes, my eyes were opened to all the options available to us… I could hardly believe the va...

    "I didn’t know what to expect at our free Meet & Greet Session. We blatantly told Mike our number one priority and within the first ten minutes, my eyes were opened to all the options available to us… I could hardly believe the value in this initial conversation. We felt so confident in becoming clients and continue to be thankful we did."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Molly P., Winnetka

 

Is working with College Planners of America right for your family?

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Hours

Monday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday11:00AM - 9:00PM
Friday10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday8:00AM - 4:00PM
SundayCLOSED

Sunday by appointment only.