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“I had no idea we would qualify for financial aid, let alone be able to INCREASE what we qualified for. Not only did Mel get into her first choice school, but we paid far less than we ever imagined.”
G. Bennell

“John helped our daughter and us through a stress free college application experience and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It was so reassuring to know that our daughter had an easy time scheduling appointments and getting hold of John whenever she needed to during the process.  John would send us updates, which we also appreciated especially when there seems to be a lot of moving parts happening all at once.  John’s guidance and feedback with the college essay and supplements were extremely beneficial and contributed greatly to our daughter’s success and confidence for this important milestone in her life. When she was accepted early at her first choice school, we were all thrilled!”

C. Clemence

“John proved to be an extraordinary resource for us.  With a warm, professional manner, he brought clarity and order to what seemed a confusing and overwhelming process.   In person and online, John spoke with our daughter, a junior, and got to know her academic achievements and personal interests.  He then came back and walked us through a carefully researched list of recommended schools.   We were struck by John’s knack for identifying colleges that hadn’t been on our radar and that seemed a fantastic fit.   He laid out a detailed and multi-tiered strategy for pursuing “reach” schools as well as safe ones, and counseled our daughter on how best to present herself in her applications.  John’s expertise and insight brought a sense of calm and confidence to our daughter, and gave us a great framework for moving forward.”

M. Michaels

“We used College Planning Consultants in our sons senior year of high school for advice and we ended up with so much more!!!.  From programs to determine what major would best meet our sons career goals, to a listing of schools that would best fit his needs and our pocketbook and every one of our questions (both anticipated and unanticipated) was answered.  Our son was accepted into her dream school! We would strongly recommend College Planning Consultants for any family looking to maximize their knowledge when faced with a college bound student.”

A. Sebring

“Through College Planning Consultants, John offered first-rate service that has proven invaluable in our daughter’s college search. Providing expert guidance and insight into the college application process, John converted an otherwise daunting task into a creative, meaningful, and successful experience for our 17-year-old daughter. In addition to his exceptional professionalism, integrity, and dedication, he brings genuine warmth and enthusiasm to connect with his clients and deliver highly customized, tangible results. I look forward to working with him again and know we’ll be in good hands with College Planning Consultants when the time comes for our younger children to pursue college.”

M. Kelley

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John Barada, ChFC, RFC, CCPS

Your Wealth Must Reside Somewhere!

Your wealth must reside somewhere! It must have a permanent place of residence. You must own, control, and have use your money, or you haven’t built any wealth, you just stashed some money away. About 90 % of Americans keep their wealth in either taxable, unavailable, and/or volatile residences that limit what you can do with their money. If what you thought was true about your money, wasn’t true about your money, when would you want to know? I first heard this question from Don Blanton, a fine southern gentleman with a distinct southern Georgia drawl, and I’ve been unable to “unhear” it, since.