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Before knowing Bay Area College Planning  Specialists, I was feeling very overwhelmed with the complexities surrounding college planning and the future of my girls. I was  stressed thinking about it and I didn’t know how to start the process. Anyway, I forgot how I got the initial contact info for their company, but I called Bay College Planners to take advantage of their free workshops and consultation.

And since I am a working mother, the more I realized it I needed their expertise.

I now considerGerna and Dan to be like family members who care much about my children’s college education. They have provided guidance to my children as far as choosing the right university for their majors. They helped my girls apply for private scholarships and now both of them are attending Dominican University of San Rafael with generous scholarships and grants. 

I have been worry-free since I made them my partners in my girls’ future and college planning. Thank you guys and God bless.

Amor S, Martella and Mickaela – Pinole, California


“As a guidence counselor, you really educated me and I thank you”
Rowena R., Fairfield, CA

I cannot begin to tell you how valuable College Planning Specialists‘ expertise has been for our family in this arduous process of college applications and financial aid applications.
When I attended your free seminar at the Alameda Free Library, I was so impressed with your presentation and the information about the process, I decided immediately to take advantage of the free hour of consultation.  During that hour you provided me with so much more information, that I had no doubt that I needed to retain your services.  An additional factor was that one of our friends totally blew it when she did the FAFSA and did not receive any financial aid for her daughter when they applied to colleges.
I have been extremely impressed with your level of professionalism and the fact that you have available to speak with me at any time.  It has been worth every penny! I could not have navigated this minefield without you.
I have recommended your services to two families and will be happy to do that for more of my daughter’s friends who are sophomores and juniors this year.
Sincerely, Carol I.

Gerna and his staff at Bay Area College Planning Specialists have done a great job with the necessary paperwork and timing to enable us to get the best financial aid package available. Their work has helped us to offset the ever increasing cost of college for our daughter Tempest.

I would recommend them to anyone who has children that are planning to attend college. 

Sincerely, Craig and Kathy H. Vacaville, CA


“As a guidence counselor, you really educated me and I thank you”
Rowena R., Fairfield, CA

To Whom It May Concern:
My wife and I came to Gerna after a free presentation that he provided in our area about college financial assistance. I was very proud of our daughter when she was accepted to UC Santa Cruz. The first year we paid all cost out of our pocket, and at that time I had started a software company and was not receiving a salary. I started working with Gerna early in the year to see if we could qualify for any aid for the upcoming year since we no longer had the money to cover costs. Gerna worked quickly with us to get all required information we needed,explaining our story to the financial aid office, and following up many times with them after we submitted all the paperwork. I never once had to call the college myself. Many months went by without any response from the college, until late in July when we received a letter stating we did not qualify due to a large amount of money drawn from our retirement account. Gerna was very quick to contact the financial aid office and explained to them, with research in hand, that this was an error on their part. Within a couple days their decision was reversed, and our daughter received 100% financial aid for the coming year.      My wife and I have been extremely pleased with Gerna’s dedication to the service he provides. He is very prompt on answering emails and returning phone calls. I’m not sure how Bay Area College Planners compares to their competitors, as we never shopped around. From the first time I met with Gerna I know we would be well taken care of.

In addition, I find the weekly, sometimes more often, College E-Letter and tips provided by Bay Area College Planners to my email very informative and helpful. If you’re seeking financial aid for you or your child, I would encourage you to at least spend a consultation meeting with Gerna or Dan. I’m sure you will be pleased! Thank you Gerna! 

Mark & Diana K., Vacaville, CA


“Thanks for showing me why private grants are important as a means of off setting our student’s self help” 

Michael L., Fairfield, CA 


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