• About Us

    Who we are...

    Finding the right school, college or program can be a rewarding process, but for some families, the experience is challenging, overwhelming and at times frustrating. Few decisions have as great an impact on a student. Families may find themselves at a loss to properly evaluate their options and make appropriate choices. Seeking the services of an independent educational consultant can be the wisest investment a family can make.

    We are Independent Educational Consultants (IEC) dedicated to helping families navigate the rigors of the college application process. We offer objective advice, access to reliable information, and the kind of individual attention necessary to make an informed decision.

    For families considering college, the main reason to hire an IEC is our individualized attention and firsthand knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities. Most high school guidance counselors would like to assist students individually with the college application process, but they have too many students to manage. And, they often have many more responsibilities other than college counseling like scheduling as well as other social and emotional issues that face high school students today.

     

    We can take much of the stress out of the college admission process and be an objective, third-party, helping you through the process of transitioning from high school and the comforts of living at home to going off to college and experiencing living in a dorm. We are experts at finding the "Best Fit" school, one that will help foster both the student's academic and social growth.

  • Our Process

    What we do...

    1

    Build the College List

    We create a best-fit college list using data points obtained from our personality profile survey, your academic and extracurricular profile and our years of industry knowledge.

     

    95% of our students are accepted into one of their top three schools because of our guidance in matching them with the most appropriate schools.​

    2

    Craft Essays

    Our expert essay coaches will assist you with brainstorming and topic selection. We will also teach you how to develop and craft your personal statement in addition to all of your supplemental essays.

     

    Ultimately, our coaches will provide the necessary guidance to enable you to effectively communicate your ideas and make the process of writing your college admission essays a truly positive experience.

    3

    Financial Aid Advisory

    We will work one-on-one with you to provide assistance with your school-specific financial aid forms, FAFSA, CSS Profile, Verification Forms, Parent Plus Loans, and also advise on special circumstances such as professional judgments.

     

    Most of our clients are successful in securing additional financial aid based on our industry expertise and knowledge of award package negotiating.

  • Gigi M. Frye, MA.

    President/CEO

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  • M. Warren

    College Connect 101 took the stress out the College app process! We would have not had the same experience or outcome without Gigi’s strategic knowledge and insight. My husband and I cannot thank College Connect enough. With our daughter being a performing arts major, she had a host of options. We were simply unsure of the best fit for her next academic adventure. In addition, Jordyn was booked on a major television show during the college application season so it was critical that we had a partner and consultant that could help us get the job done.

     

    As a result, I am thrilled to say that my daughter was accepted into her Top 2 choices and had so many other options to choose!

    M. Partyka​

    "My wife and I can't thank College Connect 101 enough for helping our son and daughter with the college application process, including financial aid. Many times you went the extra yard for our family. Only with your guidance and attention to detail that those applications and forms required did our college dream for our children become a reality. We would ask you again, in a heartbeat, to help us if we had to do this all over again. GO IRISH! and GO BRONCOS!"

    D. Siegel​

    "We used College Connect 101’s services for both of our daughters’ college admissions process. We could not have been more pleased. They oversaw the entire process from resume writing, school selection, applications, testing, essay writing, through completion of the FAFSA forms. Not only were they thorough and proficient in every part of the process, College Connect 101 was a dream to work with not only for us as parents but for the kids as well. Somehow they managed to take the pain out of this process for their students. Both of our girls actually looked forward to the time spent with Gigi in her office. She acts as a confidante, counselor, and friend as well as an educational consultant. I can’t say enough positive things about Gigi’s qualifications and College Connect 101's great results."

    I. Bryan

    "Thanks to College Connect 101’s expertise and personal engagement, our family managed the daunting college application process with ease. College Connect 101's services surpassed my expectation at a surprisingly affordable rate. They committed countless personalized hours to our student, focusing on career goal development, school and major research, resume building, essay review, financial consultation and accuracy of data entry. Their attention to detail was exceptional!"

    C. Brimmer, Esq

    "I have used College Connect 101 for two consecutive years to complete my daughter’s FAFSA, for financial aid advice and for scholarship advice and it has been a lifesaver! Gigi was able to successfully appeal a parent loan denial prior to my daughter entering her first year of college. I did not encounter any residual financial aid difficulties when I used College Connect 101 to enroll my daughter for her second year of college. I highly recommend utilizing College Connect 101 for all of your college financial needs whether you’re a parent of a current or a prospective college student!"

    Z. Wady

    "College Connect 101 made us feel at ease while assisting our family with the college application and financial aid process. We are not an affluent family, but College Connect 101 helped us to choose programs that were within our budget and allowed us to send our son to school comfortably. We are forever grateful for all your dedication and hard work."

    M. Givens​​

    "I cannot thank College Connect 101 enough for all that they have done for both of my sons! Gigi is extremely strategic and knowledgeable especially when it comes to financial aid. She gave us ideas and suggestions on how to get more grants and scholarships directly from the school.

     

    My oldest son just graduated from NYU and Gigi was able to secure a $20,000 grant four years in a row. In addition to that she expertly crafted our appeal letters which lead to more grants & scholarships. Our youngest son was originally awarded $5,000 in grants this year, but with Gigi's amazing guidance, that $5,000 turned into over $40,000 in grants and scholarships! We haven't taken out any loans so far! I would DEFINITELY recommend using Gigi's services to guide you throughout your entire college process."

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