Since our founding in 2004, College Planning Experts has worked with thousands of families throughout Los Angeles.
We remain in business today because we enjoy what we do and we have a lot of happy, former clients spreading our message!
Take a look at the testimonials of some of our former clients and some of our school partners.
With their words, we hope you’ll discover how College Planning Experts can help you.
We had a great experience with College Planning Experts. Because of their financial planning, we got an EXCELLENT financial aid package at a private school and are actually paying less than we would for a public university – all the while putting money away for our future. (more…)Lisa SarkissianParent Granada Hills, CA
I’m telling you, no matter how much you THINK you know about college planning, you don’t have enough information!! I read books, went to seminars and read articles and these guys have it down. Cynthia Wagner is SO helpful with getting you set up. Irene is helping my daughter with preparation and Brian has the financial end in a mind blowing way. TRUST ME, you CANNOT do this alone.Jennifer AudetteParent Burbank, CA
Two free rides to private colleges and acceptance to six other schools. College Planning Experts. Best money I ever spent. Irene is amazing. My daughter is thrilled. So am I. Thanks CPE.Sari Weiner Parent Woodland Hills, CA
They were there for us when we needed the most help for our children’s college. Having the FAFSA done every year is a big help. I would recommend them to every college-going students’ parents.Khurshid EscalanteParent Stevenson Ranch, CA
If you want to take the hassle out of planning for your kids college, and want to make it more affordable, then use College Planning Experts! They are so awesome to work with, very knowledgeable, and will help you every step of the way! We had two kids in college at the same time and never had to stress about filling out FAFSA forms, how the whole process works, and how to pay for it because we had CPE!Jeanette Gregory Parent Castaic, CA
The College Planning Experts were amazing and helped with everything from financing to editing application essays. Irene is very kind and very patient. She helped me narrow down what schools I should apply to and also helped with the application process. I am grateful for her knowledge and her very detailed edits on my essays.Neekta MehrkhodavandiStudent Simi Valley, CA
With Brian’s help, we were able to put both my son and daughter through college. He and his staff are absolutely the best. We have been with CPE for 7 years and continue to use Brian as our financial advisor.Daniel Iglesias Parent Moorpark, CA
We have been with CPE since 2011 when my daughter was in High School. Our experience has been great! Brian Safdari and his staff has been so wonderful guiding us parents and my daughter step-by-step along the way. For my daughter, having a counselor that helped her on the choices and decisions made a great difference for her. They really take the stress away from our shoulders. Brian Safdari definitely is an amazing human been that truly cares for others. He’s very honest and sincere and has been teaching and helping us how to save money for College. I’m truly grateful for all they have done for us!Claudia PieriParent Woodland Hills, CA
My experience with Irene has been amazing. She guided me with my applications, UC prompts, etc. I received great feedback and she was extremely helpful. She was always kind and I don’t know what I would have done without her. I have learned so much and thanks to her I felt prepared and confident with my applications.Cecilia Corpus Student Norwalk, CA
Working with the counselors here has made college planning and applications incredibly easy for me and my family. I highly recommend working with them to help make your student’s transition to college easy.Lindsey Mauricio Student Burbank, CA
It was an absolute pleasure working with Irene and the College Planning Experts Team. As the first in my family to go to college straight out of high school, aspects of the College application and financial aid process were difficult, but they helped me every step of the way. Irene pushed me to write the best essays that I could and to constantly strive to improve my ACT score, complete with resources to do so. (more…)Scott Watson Student Saugus, CA
The CPE team has been extremely helpful with all of the requirements both my son and daughter needed for college, financial aid, grants and waivers. Now my son is a college graduate and my daughter is in her senior year of college studying abroad in Spain for the whole 2017-18 school year. From the office staff, to Genessy and Kristin the Service Center Consultant who assists with the Data Verification Process, I always have a resource for questions and I know they are all working for me to meet deadlines for FAFSA and anything else I need help with.Julie SandlandParent Rosamond, CA
CPE has helped me tremendously with applying to college. Being the first child to go to college in my family, we were unfamiliar with the application process but thankfully we had CPE to turn to with any questions we had. I had the pleasure of having Irene Chung as my college counselor and with her knowledge and constant availability, I had all my questions about applying to college answered. Not only did I receive aid in how to apply to college but I also received aid in applying to scholarships, finding a potential major, and as far as finding jobs that I would succeed in after college through these majors. (more…)Lauren FrancoStudent Santa Clarita, CA
We started with CPE just prior to our son starting High School, we are so glad that this was a decision that we did not second guess. Not only are you gaining a highly intelligent group of people to help you and your student along the journey to college acceptance, but this is more then a business to this great group of people, their hearts are 110% in helping your student prepare and achieve. Hats off to CPE!Amy FrankParent Acton, CA
I am so grateful for the College Planning Experts! As my husband and I had no clue how the college process works, so the College Planning Experts were a savior. My daughter was very thankful for Irene, who helped her work through the college process assisting her through college essays, standardize tests, activities, and helping her pass senior year. Overall, it has been a great experience with them!Regina CruzParent Glendale, CA
I never realized what a big deal and how much work college planning would take. As quite the procrastinator I would’ve struggled had I not had my college counselor, Irene Chung, to guide me through the application process. My parents also realized, with the help of CPE, that they weren’t prepared for the financial aspect of college and they were able to get things in order. Months after beginning my applications and writing my essays, I watched my peers frantically get their applications together. I honestly believe that I would have had a significantly decreased chance of getting into my colleges of choice without College Planning Experts. (more…)Hailie KittnerStudent Palmdale, CA
A few years ago, my parents signed up my brother and I with College Planning Experts, and our experience has been great!
Neither of my parents graduated from college, so applying for college was a new experience for everyone. Even so, College Planning Experts has made the process less stressful with help from expert college counselors and financial aid experts.
I started meeting with Irene in May 2017, at the end of my junior year. From the get go, I was receiving great advice and helpful tips that made the application process less stressful and easier to understand. One of the best pieces of advice I received was to start on my essays over summer. I did, and as a result, I was finished with my main essays with a lot of time to spare. While my friends in school were writing their UC essays the week they were due, I had already finished and was double checking the other parts of my application.
(more…)Emily ZepedaStudent Granada Hills, CA
So thankful I was introduced to CPE in 2015! Kelly Mattinson was a pleasure to work with. She answers all of my questions and guided me as I was clueless to planning the finances for my daughters 1st year in college and I had no time to figure as I gave birth that same month! I have been with CPE ever since and I plan on using them next year for my sons 1st year. They’ve made this experience so smooth. If it wasn’t for them my kids probably wouldn’t be attending a university or I would be paying a lot more money. (more…)Sylvia GuerreroParent Whittier, CA
I have been using CPE since 2010. I had 2 daughters that were going to attend college. His strategies were instrumental in making a UC school possible. Both daughters have graduated and one is almost through with her second year of Medical school. Brian is an honest and ethical advisor. I thank God to have found him. I have referred many friends to CPE. I highly recommend them. Give them a call. You have nothing to lose and much to gain.Desiree KaneParent Simi Valley, CA
My husband and I did not attend college so we had no idea what to expect with college applications and financial planning. CPE did a great job guiding us through the entire process. My daughter worked with Irene and she told me that Irene was wonderful in guiding her through her essays, required tests, and choosing colleges. Brian and his team helped us greatly with the financials. Organizing assets and funding for student loans. They helped us save thousands on tuition.Cindy LeParent Newbury Park, CA
Outstanding service from Kelly and Irene! They are there for you every step of the way and completely map out everything families need to be doing with helpful meetings and timelines- very organized! The whole team at CPE is making the process of applying to colleges way less overwhelming for my son.Alicia Griffith Parent Granada Hills, CA
Financial Aid is a piece of the college process that is not only complicated, but can be overwhelming to families. Education and knowledge are key to understanding how to navigate the various pieces and feel comfortable in making educated decisions when it comes to college and financial aid. The College Planning Experts delivered valuable and helpful information to our parents and students and were able to answer all of their questions. (more…)Casey RowleyCollege and Career Counselor Malibu High School
After attending one of his seminars, we went to see him and his staff and was immediately put at ease. He made everything sound so easy! It’s amazing to look back now and think about how much they helped us through this process for the last 4 years. Brian and his staff are amazing and extremely nice. They are always willing to answer questions that you have. We couldn’t have done it without them!Amanda ArroyoStudent Saugus, CA
From financial difficulties to knowing which classes to apply to, the College Planning Experts alleviate the stress that comes with applying to colleges!Sage JamesStudent Van Nuys, CA
Anyone who has embarked on the college application journey knows that it can be a long and arduous road. That’s where the College Planning Experts come in. They help you think through the process. Not just what it takes to get into your college of choice, but how, especially when it comes to financial aid. Check them out and feel more secure about the college process!Vicki SyalParent Los Angeles, CA
I had already attended seminars hosted by other companies and had one on one meetings with owners and I wasn’t impressed with the information provided. I just felt I was being charged thousands of dollars for Skype assistance and do-it-yourself information. Brian is “The College Planning Expert. Thanks to Brian and his experienced, caring staff, my daughter received over $26,000 in grants and scholarships and is attending a private college where she is guaranteed to get her classes and graduate in four years. (more…)Marlo MillerParent Valencia, CA
Brian Safdari with College Planning Experts has been invaluable to our family. He helped us gain the confidence to apply to an out of state college and taught us how to get the most ‘free money’ from that college. Without his encouraging us, we wouldn’t have known the steps involved to go through this process.
I would definitely recommend the company to any family facing the difficult college options decision.John & Denise TurnerParent Valencia, CA
The staff at College Planning Experts has been very courteous and helpful. Every step is broken down easily to navigate the process of planning the applications and finances. My husband and I were overwhelmed by how college planning has changed over the years and have greatly benefited from their help. I recommend this service to anyone with high school students who are planning on attending college/university.Tammy RoachParent Valencia, CA
It is really great that there are companies like Brian’s College Planning Experts that can help you plan your son or daughter’s college future. If you want the best for your child, having an expert tell you the pros and cons about the college you apply to is very advantageous in determining which is a better choice. They make it a lot easier to make an educated decision, and I would recommend them to any family looking or planning for a college education.Mark SeeParent North Hills, CA
We feel so much more at ease about the challenge of funding college expenses for both of our children. The staff is very warm and accommodating and takes the time to thoroughly explain what needs to be done. Highly recommend!Scott FieldsParent Los Angeles, CA
The Hart High Baseball Program appreciates the support of College Planning Experts and plans to continue these informative workshops for years to come.Jerry RandallBaseball Coach William S. Hart High School- Newhall School District
I have worked with College Planning Experts for several years now, and I can attest to their value to public school counselors My own son begins high school in the fall of 2015, and I am planning on meeting with College Planning Experts about developing a financial plan for his future college education. Using College Planning Experts for my own family is the best endorsement I can possibly give.Lynda McGeeCollege Counselor Downtown Magnet High School- LAUSD
The first time I opened a financial application my heart sank. There had to be an easier way to get through the jungle. And there is. College Planning Experts did not just take away the fear of College Applications but also took care of the forms and submitting financial applications. They displayed exceptional skill in dealing with divorced parents and the sensitivity it requires around financial matters. My daughter is a sophomore in College and we will remain with College Planning Experts throughout her entire College years. There is no way I would try to do this on my own, and their service has paid for itself several times over as they helped us to secure several merit based scholarships.Beate ChelletteParent Culver City, CA
My essays have become stronger, and I feel more confident as well. I don’t feel intimated by the college process. They break it down and make it super easy for the students. They are just an amazing group of people who are always ready to help.Cindy Mijangos Student, Saugus CA
Chapman was the “PERFECT” choice of schools for Dominique. Last year President Doti of Chapman presented her with an award for a story she wrote, and last week she was chosen as the “Student to Watch” and given some type of grant for a project of her choice related to her major. Thank you for your advice, as when we had that list of 15 colleges, narrowed it to 10 and actually put Chapman back on after we took it off.Dean Marinello & Christina JahnParents, Stevenson Ranch CA
If I try to describe how helpful and useful their services were I will need to spend at least 6 hours in front of the computer typing. In short, it is a guideline through the maze of paperwork, deadlines and, what is the most important, great help when it comes to making a correct decision among so many options.Vladimir KasperovichParent, Rolling Hills Estates CA