Success Stories

Meet Zoe

Meet Zoe

Turning a Small Donation into a Life-changing College Cost Savings and Opportunity

In November 2021, Zoe, a senior at Nobles & Greenough in Dedham, MA applied binding early decision to Barnard College. Even with a generous grant, Zoe and her single mom knew that with her other family expenses this price was still unaffordable.

We stepped in to evaluate her financial aid forms and were able to identify errors and other extenuating circumstances. 

With College Affordable’s assistance* and in partnership with a community organization, Barnard increased the award by $17,000 in the first year and will likely keep the same package for four years. Zoe will now attend Barnard for $8,000 per year!

A financial sponsor paid the total fees for this work totaling $640 which resulted in an additional $68,000 in grants. Zoe saved $17,000 in the first year and will likely keep that award for four years.

*CA starting as a pilot program under Campus Bound that grew into its own non profit entity

St. Bernard’s High School, Fitchburg MA

St. Bernard’s High School, Fitchburg MA

Partners Coming Together to Make a Real Impact

Launched in 2020, the partnership between St. Bernard’s High School, a catholic high school in Central Massachusetts, and Campus Bound was a successful proving ground for our model. It included 180 high school students and was sponsored by local community banks. The results speak for themselves:

  • Appeals of 4-year financial aid awards on behalf of families in some cases yielded over an additional $100k in aid
  • Scholarships through college specific programs increased from from $400k to $1M
  • More than 90% of St. Bernard’s senior class participated in webinars and personalized guidance
  • 100% of students participated in our college scholarship workshop

Heather Tullio, St. Bernard’s Director of College Counseling, captured the impact of the partnership, saying, “The Campus Bound program has done an incredible job educating our families on all the financial aspects of college. Thanks to Campus Bound, our families are now appealing their aid packages, and the results have ranged from families receiving $2,000 additional funding each year up to $20,000+.”

*CA starting as a pilot program under Campus Bound that grew into its own non profit entity

Meet Dom

Meet Dom

Decreasing Costs to Allow for an Expanded Choice 

 

Dom, a recent graduate of Leominster High School, connected with us through his guidance counselor accessing a support program funded by the Leominster Credit Union. After receiving his initial financial aid awards, he was frustrated that his first-choice, Northeastern University, was much more expensive than a competing offer from The University of Massachusetts Lowell. With just fifteen minutes of work, a trained college financial expert identified both a significant mistake and exclusion of relevant additional factors on his non-custodial parent financial aid forms.

After both corrections and other enhancements, commencement of a special circumstances appeal Northeastern responded with a $10,000 improvement. With award renewal likely for subsequent years, this appeal is expected to yield an additional $40,000 at a small cost paid by Leominster Credit Union of about $500 to engage our financial expert.