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Your Pathway to anAffordable College Education

Guiding families on a path to an affordable college education and a solid retirement plan
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Ecliptic Financial Advisors is dedicated to helping you find the most affordable way to fund your child’s college education.


Our workshops help families better understand the college financial aid process so they can maximize eligibility for financial awards.

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Our programs are designed to help families navigate through the college admissions and financial aid processes. 

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Our resources help students and their families prepare for this exciting chapter by creating a sustainable college funding strategy.

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College Funding Strategies

Our financial professionals will evaluate your finances and help you find the most affordable and efficient way to fund your child's college education.

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College Admissions Counseling

Our professional college admissions counselors will guide you every step of the way, significantly reducing stress for you and your child.

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Professional College Funding Strategy Services

College costs have increased 7% to 8% each year for over 40 years. Today, four years of college could cost more than $200,000. Without the aid of professional college planning guidance, an average family may have to sacrifice its retirement plan and potentially incur an enormous amount of debt.

There is currently $198 billion available in financial aid and tax relief to help families pay for college. Financial aid is not limited to special groups – most families can qualify. If you’re not an expert in the rules and regulations and do not thoroughly understand the application process, you may actually damage your chances of receiving aid. Whether you have a good income and have saved for years to fund your child’s education, or you have nothing saved and have just started to think about it, a strategic college funding plan can help you secure your child’s future.

Ecliptic Financial Advisors will guide you through the entire process of paying for college. We believe in helping you and your child attend not just the best college, but the best college you can afford. Our comprehensive financial planning guidance will put you and your child on the path to success.

At Ecliptic Financial Advisors, we have an expert team of financial professionals and college admissions counselors who work together to guide you every step of the way.

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How College Expenses Have Increased

With the cost of tuition likely to rise from year to year, it will be critical to factor in all four years of expenses into your plan for paying for college.

Today's College Costs

The costs of college today continue to rise at an alarming rate, which is why working with an expert financial professional -early in the process- is so important. Here are some of the alarming trends.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of tuition at a four-year college has increased from an average of $10,680 a year in 1976 (in 2016 dollars) to $33,480 each year today.

With tuition likely to rise from year to year, it will be critical to factor in all four years of college into your plan for paying for college. At Ecliptic Financial Advisors we understand the complicated financial aid maze and will help you plan strategically to cover all four years of college. 

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College Statistics

80 % of students switch majors in college and incur added expenses in doing so
30 % of students drop out of college, wasting money
30 % of families do not receive financial aid by not understanding the system
*It is our goal that your child does not become one of these statistics

Today's Financial Aid Options


There are several different types of financial aid. It’s important to understand the difference.

  • Need Based: Awarded based on household income and assets; students with proven financial need, based on the family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), are eligible to receive this in the form of GRANTS (gift money).
  • Merit Based: Awarded based on a student’s academic achievement; students who have earned a high GPA and scored well on standardized tests will receive this in the form of SCHOLARSHIPS (gift money).
  • Private Scholarships: Additional money provided by private sources with their own rules for qualifications. Scholarships are generally gift money and do not need to be paid back.

It’s important to understand the difference between grants, loans and scholarships. Grants, based on NEED, and Scholarships, based on MERIT, are gifts and do not need to be paid back. Loans, on the other hand, need to be repaid. There are Federal loans, State loans and private loans; most are paid back with interest.

Even with a keen understanding of what’s available, there are no guarantees that you will receive any financial aid. Every college has its own policies regarding aid. We can help you navigate this maze.

Ecliptic Financial Advisors will help you manage the challenge of paying for a college education.

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What is the Best Time to Submit College Financial Aid Forms?

There are a number of different pieces to the college application puzzle, and most experts will tell you the best preparation for your child’s college applications is to set up a timeline. Part of that timeline includes figuring out the best time to submit college financial aid forms. Here is some basic information on the […]

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College Visit Checklist: What You Need to Look for When Touring a College

A college tour is a great coming-of-age experience for a child and an important part of the process of choosing the right school. If you’re at the stage of planning college visits, you want to do it the right way so that your child can get the maximum benefit. What do parents need to know […]

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Paying for College: What You Need to Know About Making College More Affordable

One of the biggest challenges for a parent is figuring out how to afford college. Why is college so expensive? In today’s market, a good college may cost $50,000 a year or more! If your child is in high school, or even junior high school, you are probably already asking yourself questions like “how can […]

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Ecliptic Financial provided us with excellent service, tools and advisement for both our daughters’ college selection, FAFSAs each year, scholarships, and funding strategy for college and retirement. They are always available to us with stellar support.

— Cecilia