Parent Information Session


College Finances: Are You Ready?

On Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00PM, the Board of Directors will be hosting a parent information session with expert guest speakers to help you make sense of the financial aspects associated with college.  Although this session may be more interesting to parents, students are welcome to attend.    Please RSVP for the event here:
Our guest experts will provide a review and explanation of:
  • Direct and indirect costs
  • Sources of aid (Federal, State and Institutional)
  • Types of aid (Grants/Scholarships, Work and Loans)
  • Net Price Calculators on college websites
  • the FAFSA4Caster (federal aid calculator tool)
  • 4 or 5 budgeting strategies which can help people “find” money in their current cash flow
  • Websites for outside scholarship searches, highlighting some of our local options (Watson Brown, Sirrine, etc.)
  • Q & A Session


Guest Presenters:

Jan Belton
Jan Belton is a life-long financial aid administrator and former business owner. Currently she serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Spartanburg, SC, helping osteopathic medical students with their financial aid.  Prior to VCOM, Jan worked at Presbyterian College in Clinton and she ran her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked with colleges and schools on accreditation, state licensure, and financial aid issues. She lives with her spouse and her 22-year-old son, a college senior at USC Columbia, in Greer.  Jan holds a BA from Virginia Intermont College and an MBA from the University of Redlands in California.





Hope Murtaugh
Hope is founder and CEO of Murtaugh College Consulting.  Her experience includes three years as an Assistant Director of Admission at Princeton University, four years as the Assistant Director of College Counseling at Charlotte Country Day School, as well as six years of working directly for families and counseling companies as an independent college admission consultant. She has made presentations to thousands of families about college admissions over the last 25 years.  Hope's most recent presentations include engagements in several cities in China, as well as Auckland, New Zealand, Vancouver, British Columbia, and, of course, Greenville, SC.  She also directs a pre-college counseling program for 9th and 10th graders located around the world and teaches virtual classes on college admission-related topics to this group.  She holds a BA from Princeton University.