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Unique College Planning Tool Makes Finding Affordable Colleges Fast and Easy provides aid eligibility and net price insights

For Release:  March 12, 2010

Sacramento, Calif. – Prospective students can learn which colleges will offer them the most student aid to reduce out-of-pocket costs and post-graduation debt using a new service from at a special discount.'s College Cost & Planning Report™is a personalized workbook with an accurate, side-by-side comparison of financial aid eligibility, net price, and up-front out-of-pocket costs calculated based on a family's financial information and the student's academic information.

The College Cost & Planning Report™ assesses a student's eligibility for more than $120 billion in aid from any of 6,500 colleges and provides detailed comparative academic and cost data on as many as 10 college choices at once. Each report also includes specific information about tax credits and available grants as well as a custom timeline to make college planning easy.

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is pleased to offer's easy online service at for an exclusive discounted price of $44 and receive a six-college comparison, or an adviser-assisted telephone service for $89 for a 10-college comparison. The College Cost & Planning Report™ is available to purchase as a gift certificate for college-bound individuals as the Gift of Smart College Planning™ for the same discounted prices.

FPA and also provide a variety of college planning resources including the free peer-to-peer recommendation service College Suggestor™ at FPA also has a comprehensive Web site that offers advice on all things financial planning at

"College costs can have a big impact on a family budget, which is why college planning is so important. The College Cost & Planning Report™ is a great tool for families to help them make informed, educated financial decisions," said Marv Tuttle, CEO and executive director of FPA.

The first of its kind College Suggestor™ uses the actual college choices and collective wisdom of more than 600,000 students to suggest colleges that may be of interest. A student simply enters the name of a college and can learn about additional colleges most commonly considered by other students who were also interested in the same college. Students can view profiles of the suggested colleges, access contact information, email college ideas to others, and select colleges to be compared by their College Cost & Planning Report™.