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Strategies to Save on the Cost of College

  • Mellen Money Management LLC 245 Nocatee Center Way Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32081 United States (map)

Please join us for a FREE Educational College Scholarship and Financial Aid workshop for the parents of college-bound high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We’ll discuss the financial aid eligibility formula and other information you need to know now that will help your child receive the maximum amount of grants, scholarships, and financial aid for college. Learn how families who thought they could never qualify for financial aid based on their high income or high assets can become eligible for aid. Understand cost-effective options to fund college, and how to avoid costly pitfalls without putting a strain on your retirement and the rest of your family finances.

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What you will learn:

  • Why the vast majority of families disqualify themselves and miss out on financial aid.

  • The different formulas schools use to determine your level of financial need.

  • Tax strategies that can help to reduce the net cost of funding college.

  • Why state colleges don’t always cost less than private colleges

  • The difference between types of student loans and the post-graduation ramifications of using loans.

  • How to lower your out-of-pocket costs to maximize grants from each university and how colleges assess your retirement, investment, savings, home, and rental assets when determining financial aid.

  • How waiting for your child’s senior year of high school to begin looking at colleges and college funding options may be too late. Learn what steps you can take throughout their high school career to help them in their college search.

  • Why at least 80% of financial forms submitted by parents/students have financial and technical mistakes that cost the family acceptances in colleges and lost financial aid.


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Ian Aguilar Mellen Money Management (904) 580-4696

Ian Aguilar is a Certified Financial Planner™ with a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Ian started his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012. He has an overwhelming desire to help his clients and understand their financial situation through and through. Ian specializes in working with clients in the accumulation stages of their careers, including helping clients with college funding.  

Ian is a board member of the local Financial Planning Association chapter and also serves on the board of his local Rotary chapter. He lives in Nocatee with his wife Nikki and their dog Weston. He and Nikki are active members of the St. John Paul II Catholic Church. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, basketball, and cheering on the Gators and the Jaguars.