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We Can Help With:

  • College List Building
  • Applications & Essays
  • ACT & SAT Guidance
  • Maximizing Financial Aid
  • Major/Career Selection
  • Organization & Deadlines
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The Value of Working with Cardinal College Planning

Personal Attention

There are over 4,000 colleges in the U.S. and it can be extremely difficult to choose one on your own. Guidance counselors can help, but the truth is they have too many students and not enough time. We are your personal advisor, giving you our undivided attention and providing dedicated support.

Save money

The average total cost of college ranges from $25,290 (in-state) to $50,900 (private) . . . for EACH year! And since only 41% of college students graduate in 4 years, that can get expensive. We help you ask colleges the right questions, craft an appealing application, and analyze financial aid packages to deliver long-term savings and a high return on investment.

Less Stress!

Getting through high school is hard enough, and your student has to think about the future, too. We take the stress off of both the student and the parents by keeping everyone on track with what they should be doing and when, giving the whole family relief and a sense of peace.

From Our Clients

  • "Tonica was a huge help to our son. His confidence clearly grew and he was able to be accepted at his first-choice college! We cannot credit her enough for her guidance and knowledge."
    – Terry Sheridan, Parent
  • “I just wanted to let you know I was accepted and received the Trustee scholarship that is $20,000 renewable each year!! That is their highest scholarship!! Thank you for all your help!”
    – Ariel Winfrey, class of 2021 student
  • "I previously worked with Tonica and as a college counselor myself and also a parent; I can say that students are in good hands. She has amazing relationships with students and truly their best interest at heart. Essay writing is a special skill she has and with Covid-19 many schools going test optional, essays will be more important than ever. 
    – Kirste Duhigg, School counselor & Former colleague

Meet Tonica

With over a decade of experience in the field of education, she has worked with hundreds of students and their families. Formally a high school English teacher, Tonica noticed the need for more support throughout the crazy college search and application process, and founded Cardinal College Planning!

She wants every student to end up at the school that is the best fit for them- academically, financially, and socially. Each student is unique, so Tonica works to create a customized plan of action for success! 

Get in touch to learn more about her college advising process and build a custom college plan!
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