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Testimonials

Here are some quotes from a few of our happy customers…

I’m a parent of two sons who are just now embarking on their college journey. I’m a financial advisor by profession so I am careful with regard to expenditures and was not sure I would jump on board with a college consulting service when I went to a seminar last summer. My wife and I did engage POM College Consulting to help with both of our sons and I believe it was an excellent decision. One of the things I learned in business school was that it is ok, and often better, to outsource tasks that are outside of your core competency. I believe this is true of the college process. I’m sure I could have figured out all the steps involved to apply for financial aid and research and apply for college admission. I’m also sure now that I could have made mistakes, some of them costly. These tasks are only a piece of what POM College Consulting provides. They also help students determine career direction, study for SAT/ACT tests, search for scholarships and understand how to find the right schools for their unique needs and goals. I would strongly encourage anyone entering the challenging and often confusing college process to consider the services of POM College Consulting. It is money well spent and I am confident that the good decisions we are making based on the advice and guidance of POM staff will far outweigh the costs.
Rick Saunders, Colorado

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John Addison

Lori Ahern

We were so grateful for the assistance we received from the counselors at POM Counseling when dealing with the daunting task of filling out Federal Aid forms for our daughter’s college funds. They were there to advise us every step of the way, and did most of the work in filling out the forms. The counselors were each friendly, reliable, and extremely knowledgeable about the process. Additionally, with the guidance of POM, we appealed the financial award from her college twice, and received additional awards both times! We will definitely be enlisting the services of POM throughout the duration of our daughter’s college years. Worth every penny, POM is highly recommended by our family!
Roland and Laurel Roemer, Sept 2019

Stephen C.

As a first-time parent preparing to send my oldest child to college, I quickly realized how terribly unprepared and behind schedule I was in this process. Little did I realize this would become a part-time job for almost a year. The time commitment needed to fill out college applications, apply for financial aid, and seek outside scholarships was overwhelming to both myself and my son. The POM team helped us every step of the way. With specialized team members, I was able to get all my answers about FAFSA and financial aid, merit scholarships, and college requirement, deadlines, and applications answered knowledgeably and swiftly. I could not imagine what this process would be like without the friendly, experienced team at POM helping us from start to finish
Bailen Family’s

Grace and Kelli W.

I am an owner of a financial planning practice and a parent of four teenagers. We utilized POM for our oldest child this year and the process was extremely helpful. Our daughter really appreciated the support as well. She was able to go to her first choice school thanks to the appeal process and some additional scholarship. Tuition this year at the private art school she is attending ended up costing the same as junior college! Of course, you can do this yourself but you can also do your own taxes and your own investing which often leads to saving pennies but losing dollars.
Wendy M, Grateful Parent

TO THE ENTIRE TEAM AT POM: I can’t thank you enough for the help, support and guidance through the entire process of applying for colleges and the FAFSA application. There is no way my son and I could have done this on our own. We knew the process would be tedious, the attention to detail on each college application, especially the FAFSA application; the paperwork stress, the accuracy and meeting the deadlines were crucial. The team at POM worked to help my son navigate through the admissions process, paying close attention to all the details and following up to make we got the maximum amount of help. I am a single working mom and work a full-time job with long hours. My son has baseball and boy scouts, AP classes. Our lives are so very full. We really needed the help and services of your company and the whole team at POM was fabulous!!!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people. I know I asked a lot of questions. A LOT OF QUESTIONS. I’m especially grateful that no one treated me or made me feel foolish for not knowing the process or the terminology. Whoever I was working with at that time and at that particular stage (Katie, Reva, Vanessa, Taryn) each took great care in explaining the process in the way I would understand. Finally, Michael did get a nice scholarship with the college he wanted. I thought it was done and we are complete. However, Katie with her experience and knowledge urged that we should work to appeal to get better results and additional financial help. How would I possibly know that unless I had a company like POM working with us and working FOR us. With so much gratitude, I have told most of my friends who have a kid in their Junior year to really start thinking through how much work this is, and all the preparation that needs to take place ahead of time and during the time. I will not hesitate to refer them to your company. Again, I am so thankful and so grateful for your help and services. You have made my life a lot easier in handling this for me and for my son Michael, to have a good college future. He is so excited to start Arizona State University in the fall. THANK YOU POM!
Melinda Thorne (West Hills)

We were very pleased with the admission essay reviews, the personalized scholarship search, and the FAFSA and CSS Profile completion and submission services provided by POM. All of these services helped to save us time and alleviated some concerns during the admission process. In particular, the personalized scholarship search identified some different scholarships than a list provided by my daughter’s school, so it gave her additional scholarships to consider that she did not have on her radar. One of the scholarships that my daughter applied for and was awarded is one that she learned about from POM. Her school should have made her and other students who qualified aware of the scholarship, but they did not. It took my daughter asking her club’s advisor multiple times for the form and submission instructions for the particular scholarship. When my daughter was notified of her award, she was very excited and was glad that she had continued to follow up with her club advisor to get the information she needed prior to the deadline. Thanks, POM, for the personalized scholarship search…it paid off!
Randy and Christie R, Lousiana

Elizabeth E.

The folks at Piece of Mind Consulting have been invaluable to our family. The process of sending our first child to college was a daunting task when it came to choosing the right school and navigating through the financials. Everyone at POM is competent and responds quickly. They all are able to answer tough questions, give us candid direction to best serve our daughter’s academic goals, mitigate post-graduate debt, and gain as much knowledge when it comes to scholarships and grants. As for value, their savings guidance will pay for itself in short order. I’d highly recommend their service to anyone literally looking for “piece of mind” during this complex process!
Sincerely, – Dan Rocco & Beth Doris

POM College Consulting and Financial Planning played a huge role in our son’s college choices and financial needs. The whole college team of advisors is so helpful. Reva helps tremendously with college readiness and spoke one on one with our son to ensure he was on the correct path for his interests. Taryn, the financial Aid advisor, helped us navigate the confusing piles of fafsa paperwork, and student loan options. Mike gave us so many scholarship options to choose from, and along with all of them was our key financial advisor Mark Clark who is awesome. Thanks to all of them including Jordan at the office who is so helpful with any questions. Our son was able to choose his perfect college, and will save $30,000 over his 4 years. And we definitely feel like we are more financially prepared for college costs and our retirement than we were a year ago.
Linda and Michael Rozmus

I was first introduced to POM College Consulting in October 2017. My only child was entering college. I was overwhelmed and under prepared. POM was there to help me, not only with my FAFSA filing, but to answer any questions I had about the process. Being a single parent, with a hectic work life, POM took that stress away allowing me to focus on my son and what he needed for college entry. I was so satisfied with POM that I am using them again for the upcoming FAFSA filing. The money spent is well worth it knowing it will be done correctly the first time and on time.
Collen

Before we started working with POM, we were unsure about several college related items including completing the FAFSA, ACT/SAT study guides, and the scholarship process. By using POM, we received some much needed guidance, assistance and communication from all of the experienced people who interacted with our family. Our daughter enjoyed working with Ms. Reva and found the study guides helped in improving her ACT score. We saw the benefit first-hand with our daughter’s experience and we are now using POM with our son. POM is for anyone who has reservations about the college admissions and scholarship process. They have the people in place to help and guide you with your college strategy. Many thanks!
James, Houston, TX

We have been very pleased with our experience using POM. Taryn and her team have always been available to talk to us, working around our schedules to answer all of our questions. They also greatly assisted us on completing the FAFSA and CSS profile for the colleges. This is the first time we experienced going through the chaotic college process, but POM truly made it easier on our family! Our daughter not only was accepted to her dream college, but also had a wonderful financial package. Through POM’s appeal letter to the financial committee at the college, we were able to receive a package that makes our daughter’s college experience so much more affordable. Our experience with POM was truly amazing. Thank you again for all of your help!
William and Alice

The process was overwhelming. I’m sooo glad I had your help, plus the money I saved more than paid off cost of your service. Sincere Thank you!
Ashley K., Cleveland Ohio

The best hour I have EVER spent learning! Thanks.
Terry, Indianapolis IN

I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know and how easily mistakes can be made. The guidance was money well spent. I will use POM again when my youngest is applying down the road.
Gary, Shaker Heights Ohio

If I saw the FAFSA again I was going to scream!” Thank you for taking that pile of mistakes off of my hands and giving me true peace of mind.
Teresa, Fairlawn Ohio

I am thankful for the help and at same time, disgusted at the cost of higher education!
Kathy, Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

Ms. Levenstein,
I wanted to thank you for such an uplifting conversation with Vicky the other day. She has been really nervous/overwhelmed with everything happening so fast and not knowing which way to turn. You made the conversation a delight and actually made her excited about her future and doing the practice SAT prep?! I don’t know how you pulled that one off but Kudos! When I heard it was 20 plus or minus weeks, I was dreading her reaction. She is actually very excited about this whole process and was pretty apprehensive about the program at first when we told her about it, but you putting everything in order for her and going through the steps is going to make a huge difference and thanks again for being so down to earth and relatable with her, we really appreciate it.
If you could also cc her on everything related to the process and what to expect that would be fantastic!
Looking forward to the next steps!
Meredith Fortin

And here is a letter we recently received…

Your kid works hard for four years, challenging themselves every which way, taking the hardest course schedule and adding an ungodly amount of extracurricular activities just so they can apply to the college of their dreams. With a little luck, they get admitted. But after you see the financial package you realize that you cannot afford to send your kid to the place they worked so hard to get admitted to.
Do you really want to tell your kid that they have to go somewhere else? That was me.
I tried to contact the college to see if there was some flexibility but I got nowhere. So I called POM College Consulting. Darren Rose met with us and assessed our situation. Then he helped me craft a new approach.
While I thought I understood all the arguments, Darren understood the nuances – he was able to identify the optimum strategy that would appeal to an admissions officer and to get me to focus on the points that might best present our case for reassessment.

We were able to successfully work out a package that was a win-win for all.

While I served as the point man with the college, Darren guided me through the process behind the scenes. Multiple calls and letters later, we were able to successfully work out a package that was a win-win for all. Darren’s assistance was instrumental in the process. We would not have been successful without his counsel.
The college admissions system can be arbitrary and capricious. It is hard enough to gain entrance to a top tier university. You hire coaches for sports. You pay for SAT prep. You may even enlist consultants to aid your kid in preparing their resume and application. And yet it may all be for naught unless you can afford to pay $50,000 plus per year to send them along.
Fortunately you can also enlist a consultant who can help you to navigate the financial part of the college process – someone like POM who understands the ins and outs and can steer you in the right direction.
Obviously there can be no guarantees – sometimes it just comes down to luck – but having gone through the process with POM on our side, I am confident that POM put us in the best position to get where we needed to be. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.
– Mike B.