Community Spotlight On: College Planning with Tanya

Community is a very important aspect of our Bootique family. We love to share reputable small business owners with you. We’ve created a new feature called ‘Spotlight On” to bring these incredible business owners to light. Introducing Bootique Member: Tanya Aure, owner of Comprehensive College Planning.

About Tanya Aure

What would you like people to know about you?

I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but lived in Washington, D.C. before moving to San Diego. I have lived in San Diego for a little over 10 years. I am a single mother of two wonderful boys, Henry and Carsten and two pugs, Mac and Ruby. My family is scattered all over the country — my parents live in Las Vegas, one brother lives in New York and the other one in Ohio. I have two nephews and one niece. A couple of interesting quirks: I love Indian food more than I love Filipino food, which is saying a lot since I am Filipino. I enjoy traveling alone and prefer sunrises to sunsets. I haven’t slept until 7 am since probably 2008 when my first son was born.

What are some of your hobbies/interests related to health and wellness?

In terms of health and wellness, I am constantly trying different things related to my diet and exercise. However, Bootique boot camps are what I consider a “staple.” No matter what I try, whether it’s spinning, running or barre classes, I always keep a boot camp class or two in the mix. One thing I would like to add to my daily routine is meditation. It seems like there are many benefits to it if only I could keep myself still.

Tell us an interesting or unusual fact about yourself.

I’ve been playing tennis since I was 9 years old. I have taken the past few years off, but I am trying to get back into it!

About College Planning

What do you do?

I am a college planner. Exactly what does that mean? It means I help parents afford college, whether they have saved or not. I figure out a way to get families as much free money as possible through financial aid, scholarships and merit money for their student. If there is a chance a family can pay wholesale versus retail, I help the family understand how to do so. In addition, I help students with their school selection, SATs and ACTs, essay review and provide some career guidance. Finally, I take care of accurately filing their financial aid forms in a timely manner and counseling families through any negotiations with the school once the award letter has been received. Figuring out the right college for your student, how to pay for it and staying on top of deadlines takes so much time and patience that sometimes it is better to have someone else manage the process. That would be me! My services not only save families money in the long run, but also the time and frustration of the process.

How did you get into your field?

Before I started my business as a college planner, I was a freelance legal editor for Bloomberg BNA, based out of Arlington, Virginia. After being in the same field for 12 years, I knew it was time for a change. I was speaking to a friend one day who mentioned college planning has its own niche in the financial planning space. After researching the topic and deciding that I could help families understand the college admissions and financial processes, I started working with Ron Caruthers, co-founder of Ducerus, a nationally recognized college-planning firm to learn the ropes. With his extensive training and my legal background, I left Bloomberg and started my own company, Comprehensive College Planning.

As a parent, I often think about how I am going to afford to send my boys to college. How can I prepare? I want them to have the option to go wherever they want without finances being the limiting factor. I think many parents feel the same way and I want to show families how to find the schools that are academically and financially a good fit for their children.

What do you love about what you do?

I love knowing that I am making a direct and tangible difference in people’s lives. If I can help families get free money for college for four years, which may be the deciding factor as to whether the student pursues a higher education, then I feel like I have made a valuable contribution to a family’s life. A higher education should not be so far out of people’s reach because of their financial situation.

Why do people choose to work with you?

People choose to work with me because I am honest and direct. If I can’t help them, I will tell them up front with no hard feelings. People can tell that I truly care about their family and that I am dedicated to finding the right fit for their students, academically and financially.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am teaching a FREE college-planning workshop on Tuesday, June 27, at 6 pm at the PB Library. If you have kids and are interested in the landscape of college today, come and listen! The purpose of the workshop is to teach parents about the process. Nothing is for sale. For more information, check out the link below:


How can families reach you?

Families can reach me by emailing me at [email protected], texting or calling me at 858.334.3998 or by visiting my website at https://aureccp.com/. While you can never start too soon, the ideal ages to see me for college planning are when the kids are either freshmen or sophomores in high school. Check out my website for more details about my services and to schedule a free one-hour consultation.

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