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“We would like to thank you for your help and guidance in this college process.  I don’t think that Houston would be where he is if it were not for you.  THANK YOU!!!”

Susan Skipper
Mother
  • Clark College Funding Inc., Announces the Winner of the Bob & Darlene Clark Grant

    “Because of my family’s medical history and through personal experience, I know that eating healthy is one key to a better lifestyle.  I want to share my family’s story to help educate children on how to make better food choices.  That is why I want to go to college to become a Nutritionist.” On June 17, 2011, Clark College Funding Inc. grant the 2015 Bob and Darlene Clark Scholarship Award to a high-achieving and well deserving rising high school senior, Kelsey Romero from Gaston Christian.

    Kelsey feels that the support of her grandparents, school, and teachers, has had a major impact on his high achievement over the years.  Kelsey is an active member of the golf team at Gaston Christian, works during the week, and is a leader in her church youth group.

    Clark College Funding Inc. (CCF) is proud to award the Bob and Darlene Clark Grant to Kelsey Romero, a deserving high school senior.  This award is valued at over $2100 to help assist her and her grandparents in college planning and preparation.  These services include career coaching, college selection, study skills, SAT and ACT test prep, financial aid forms completion, college loan advice, college selection advice, and financial aid advice.

  • Salem Baptist Chrtian School Invites Ryan Clark To Speak

    My name is Hilary Hicks and I am the school guidance counselor at Salem Baptist Christian School in Winston-Salem, NC.   My principal and I were planning a college symposium for the students and parents of 7th-12th graders at Salem Baptist Christian School this fall. I was looking for someone to help with the discussion on financial aid. I contacted Michelle Ledbetter, a school guidance counselor at Wesleyan Christian Academy, and she gave me Ryan Clark’s name and contact information. Michelle felt that Ryan’s expertise in this area and his book, College Aid for Middle Class America: Solutions to Paying Wholesale vs. Retail would be a great benefit for our parents.

    I am so glad that Michelle passed on Ryan’s contact to me. Ryan graciously drove up from Charlotte and gave an informative and effective presentation on financial aid. He not only covered the different types of financial aid that are available, but he also spoke about aid strategies that families should implement right away to reduce the cost of college.   He answered every question the parents asked about financial aid. While we ended the presentation on time, many parents took the opportunity to continue to seek Ryan out for advice and guidance for many more minutes.

    I would certainly recommend Ryan to any school or guidance counselor. Having Ryan present and field questions about financial aid made my life easier and helped make our school’s college symposium more informative.

    Sincerely,

    Hilary Hicks

    Salem Baptist Christian School Guidance Counselor

  • Ryan Clark Speaks at Piedmont Community Charter School

    As the full-time certified high school counselor for Piedmont Community Charter School, I keep busy serving the many high school programs, student support, individual counseling, crisis intervention, academic support, coordinating the Student Services Management Teams, and college planning for my school.   College planning and admissions can be a complex, competitive, and complicated process for a lot of families these days. Moreover, I know that proper college planning involves more than just the student. It involves the entire family. That is why I have found it beneficial to invite experts in the college planning field to share their experience and knowledge with my families of Piedmont Community Charter School.

    Over the past two years, I have invited Ryan Clark to speak to the families at PCCS. Ryan speaks for approximately an hour and a half on specific “do’s and don’ts” on various college planning strategies that he writes about in his book , College Aid for Middle Class America: Solutions to Paying Wholesale vs. Retail. I always get a great response from the families that attend Ryan’s presentations.   Below are a few comments from actual parents who attended:

    “Learned a lot about what seems like a scary process – cleaned things up.”

    “He gave me a ‘wealth’ of good information about everything.”

    “I loved the logical step-by-step process.”

    There are few decisions in a child’s life that will have as great of an impact as their choice of college. I would certainly recommend Ryan to any school who would like information on how to best plan for college education and paying for college.

  • Ryan Clark Speaks at Gaston Christian School

    Gaston Christian School is a private high school located in Gaston County that was founded in 1979. We are a non-denominational Christian school that offers a college-preparatory program with more than 850 students in the PK3 – grade 12 programs on the school’s 62 acre campus.   I’m always looking for more people to help get my message out to my families about college planning and most families at Gaston Christian School like to have many resources available to them when it comes to college.  As a service to our parents, I have invited Ryan Clark to speak to the families at Gaston Christian School.

    We look forward to Ryan sharing various strategies that parents can use to select, apply, and be admitted to a college. We felt that Ryan’s expertise in this area and his book, College Aid for Middle Class America: Solutions to Paying Wholesale vs. Retail would be a great benefit for our parents. He brings a unique perspective, fresh ideas, and a new approach to college planning. Ryan’s presentation is very informative and well-organized, covering topics ranging from college selection advice to financial aid strategies that students and parents could take advantage of right away.

    While Ryan gave the participants the opportunity to request a free follow-up consultation, he does not sell his services during the presentation. I would certainly recommend Ryan to any school who would like information on how to best plan for college education and paying for college. Feedback from our parents regarding his presentation has been that he gave valuable assistance. The response to his program has been so positive; I have invited him to speak for over a decade!

    Sincerely,

    Kim Faulk

    Gaston Christian School Counselor

  • College Planner Speaks at East Forsyth High School

    East Forsyth High School is a public school located in the town of Kernersville, NC. It is one of ten high schools in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. We have approximately 2000 students in grades 9 through 12.As a service to our parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), recently invited Ryan Clark of Clark College Funding Inc. to speak at our winter meeting and to share various strategies that parents can use to select, apply, and be admitted to a college. We felt that Ryan’s expertise in the arena and his book, College Aid for Middle Class America: Solutions to Paying Wholesale vs. Retail would be a great benefit for our parents and a wonderful way to raise money for the PTSA.

    In 2012 we had the largest PTSA meeting of the year to hear Ryan speak, with well over a 100 people attending. Ryan’s presentation was very informative and well-organized, covering topics ranging from college selection advise to financial aid strategies that students and parents could take advantage of right away.

    With the sale of his book that night, the PTSA made over $800 dollars! Ryan was gracious enough to also offer each of our parents a free 20 minutes consultation to anyone who purchased the book. While Ryan gave the participants the opportunity to request a follow-up consultation, he did not come across as being there solely to “see his services.”

    We invited Ryan back in 2013 and again had an overwhelming response. In addition we are considering having him return in the spring to discuss Colleges & Social Media, reviewing a financial aid award letter, College Loan Options and “What should my student be doing over the summer?”

    I would certainly recommend Ryan to anyone who would like information on how to best plan for private education, college, and paying for college. Feedback from our parents regarding his presentation has been tremendous. The response to your program was so positive; I am going to encourage next year’s board to bring you back again!

  • Ryan Clark Donates $150 and Speaks at Reagan High School

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Reagan High School is proud to be rated as one of the top ten schools in the state of North Carolina. Reagan H.S. is a public school located in the town of Pfafftown, NC. We have approximately 2000 students in grades 9 through 12. The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), recently invited Ryan Clark of Clark College Funding Inc. to speak at our fall meeting. This is the second time we have invited Ryan to share his unique strategies that parents can use to select, apply, and finance college. The first time we invited Ryan to speak, we had one of the largest PTSA meetings of the year and we received wonderful feedback from the families!

    With so much conflicting information about college planning today it is vital that our families get the information they need to help them with this complicated and competitive environment. Ryan’s presentation was very informative and well-organized, covering topics ranging from college selection advice to financial aid strategies that students and parents could take advantage of right away.

    The cost of college has risen more than five times the rate of inflation during the last ten years. From the rising cost of college, to the complex rules and regulations of college financing, there’s no shortage of challenges facing students planning to go to college. I have learned from Ryan that the families who receive the most financial aid are the families who understand how the financial aid system operates. Ryan’s presentation helped all of us to better understand the most accurate and up-to-date information with regards to financial aid and the various forms of financial aid available to families.

    Financial aid has become an important consideration for most families when it comes to choosing a college. I would certainly recommend Ryan to anyone who would like information on how to best plan for private education, college, and paying for college. Feedback from our parents regarding his presentation has been tremendous. The response to his program was so positive I am going to encourage next year’s board to bring him back again!

                                                                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                    Martha Parent

                                                                                                                                    President, PTSA

  • Ryan Clark Donates $440 of Books to Local High School PTA

    Dear Ryan Clark,

    On behalf of the East Forsyth High School PTSA, I would like to thank you for your donation of $440 to our organization.

    Your contribution will allow us to continue to offer support to our teachers and students. We deeply appreciate your support of our efforts.

    We look forward to working with you in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Jill Lindstrom
    East Forsyth High School PTSA President

     

  • Clark College Funding Inc., Lends a Helping Hand to Classroom Central

    Clark College Funding Inc. extended its charitable work with families in North Carolina, by helping Classroom Central try to reach its goal “to fully and comprehensively equip every student in need for the entire academic year” with a donation.

    Since 2002, Classroom Central has distributed over $22 million in free supplies to over $90,000 students in 149 high-poverty schools across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region.

    Clark College Funding Inc. believes in the mission of Classroom Central and its ability to make a significant impact in the lives of students. For every dollar received by Classroom Central, they are able to turn that into $7.20 worth of valuable school supplies for students and teachers.

    During the last academic year, Classroom Central distributed over $4.4 million in free school supplies and saved teachers hundreds of dollars in out of pocket expenses by hosting over 12,000 teacher shopping visits.

    Clark College Funding Inc. strives to work with organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of students and teachers and Classroom Central is an organization that matches this criteria.

    We hope you will join Clark College Funding and support Classroom Central’s important work across a six county region to provide children in need with the basic school supplies. (To make a contribution, volunteer, or become a sponsor, check out their website, www.classroomcentral.org.

    CCF is a comprehensive college planning firm that has helped thousands of families prepare their children for college using a unique step-by-step system that achieves significant results—from discovering a great career, attaining admission to the right college, and helping reduce the financial elephant of college.

  • College Planning Expert Ryan Clark is Recoginized by "Today’s Honoree"

    College Planning Expert Ryan Clark is Today’s Honoree

    As founder and CEO of Clark College Funding Inc. and Tuition Publishing, Ryan has extensive experience in working with families throughout the United States in helping them with college planning process. He holds designations from the National Association of College Financial Advisors and is a Certified College Planner and is a member of the National Association of College Advisers.

    Ryan is a recognized college aid expert, consultant, speaker, author, and coach.  He is frequently interviewed on the radio, published in newspapers, magazines, and online including CBS Money Watch, The Business Insider, and MarketEDU.com.  In recognition of his outstanding work, Ryan’s book, College Aid for Middle Class America: How to Pay Wholesale vs Retail, has been endorsed by nationally known CPA and the President and Founder of the National Association of College Planners, Rick Darvis.

    Ryan created a step-by-step college planning system, How to Pay Wholesale vs. Retail, that produces exceptional and predictable results of paying wholesale college pricing for any type of student.  As an expert in helping families throughout the U.S. reduce the financial elephant of paying for college, he has assisted close to a thousand families save an average of $40,000 to $60,000 of college cost per child.

  • Clark College Funding Inc., Gives to Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

    Clark College Funding Inc. (CCF) extended its charitable work with families in Charlotte, with a donation to Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS).

    As a leading high school drop-out prevention organization and an affiliate of the national Communities in Schools network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg serves over 5,200 students annually in 43 high poverty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who are most at-risk for dropping out of school.  CIS also helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg families with college admission, supporting teen mothers, and career readiness.

    We hope you will join Clark College Funding and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg to help all students graduate from high school and be prepared for college, careers, and life.

    (To make a contribution, volunteer, or become a sponsor, check out their website: http://www.cischarlotte.org/.)

    CCF is a comprehensive college planning firm that has helped thousands of families prepare their children for college using a unique step-by-step system that achieves significant results—from discovering a great career, attaining admission to the right college, and helping reduce the financial elephant of college.

     

  • Ryan Clark named "Business Leader and Top Entrepreneurs"

    AmericanChronical.com Names Ryan Clark “Business Leader and Top Entrepreneurs”

    Entrepreneurial leaders do not have a mindset that adapts to failure. Things go wrong, of course, but entrepreneurs don´t call them “failures” they call them “glitches, mistakes, bungles, setbacks”, but not failing.

    When one such entrepreneur was asked about the hardest decision he ever had to make, he answered that he did not know what a hard decision was. An entrepreneur will approach decision-making with the idea that there´s a strong likelihood that he/she will be wrong. This does not dissuade them to the contrary they just do the best they can and worry about handling obstacles as they arise

  • Clark College Funding Inc., Announces the Winner of the Bob & Darlene Clark Grant

    “I want to make the world a better place.” This is what Mawuega Kiko Mawougbe says is his life’s purpose and what he hopes to get out of college next year. On June 17, 2011, Clark College Funding Inc. grant the 2011 Bob and Darlene Clark Scholarship Award to a high-achieving and well deserving rising high school senior, Kiko Mawougbe from Providence Day.

    Kiko feels that the support of his school, teachers, and parents has had a major impact on his high achievement over the years. His father, the late Amouzou Koffi  Mawougbe, was originally from West Africa and passed away suddenly in late 2010.  Mr. Mawougbe was an entrepreneur and tennis instructor at Start Right Tennis.  Kiko’s mother, Olga Mawougbe, works for Providence Day and is very influential in Kiko’s life.  Kiko is an active member of the tennis team at Providence Day, a tennis instructor during the summer, and is a leader in his church youth group.

    Clark College Funding Inc. (CCF) is proud to award the Bob and Darlene Clark Grant to Kiko Mawougbe, a deserving high school senior.  This award is valued at over $1895 to help assist the Mawougbe family in college planning and preparation.  These services include career coaching, college selection, study skills, SAT and ACT test prep, financial aid forms completion, college loan advice, college selection advice, and financial aid advice.

  • Clark College Funding Inc. Supports the Local Libraries

    Andrew Carnegie stated that, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.” Following the lead of Andrew Carnegie who first donated to a library more than 104 yearsago, Clark College Funding Inc. has presented Charlotte Mecklenburg Library with a gift to help with purchasing books and materials, and improving programs and services. The gift is one of four that Clark College Funding Inc. is providing to local civic organizations as part of its Charitable Contribution Program, which aims to help children and families.

    “We know that gifts are critical for the library to continue to serve our community and is vital for us as citizens to continue to support our libraries,” states Ryan Clark, President and CEO of Clark College Funding. For every $1 capitalized, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library returns an astonishing $4.57 in direct benefits to the community.

    There are many ways to support your library

    Join Clark College Funding Inc. in supporting your local library.  While a financial gift is welcomed, a gift through services is also appreciated.

    CCF is a comprehensive college planning firm that has helped thousands of families prepare their children for college using a unique step-by-step system that achieves significant results—from discovering a great career, attaining admission to the right college, and helping reduce the financial elephant of college.


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