Getting Students Into Their Dream Schools and Helping Families Get Money for College Since 2004
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College Planning Experts

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Find the Right Schools

There are over 4,000 colleges/universities in the United States, but 75% of families apply to the same 50 colleges. This makes it more competitive. Are you applying to the right schools for your child?

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Maximize Your Financial Aid Awards

Did you know the order in which you list colleges on your financial aid forms can affect your financial aid award package? Listing them strategically can increase your grant awards by an average of 20%.

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Strategically Leverage Your Abilities

Test scores aren’t everything. Did you know that SAT/ACT scores are only the 3rd most important part of your child’s admission application?

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Use Insider Tips to Save Thousands

Income isn’t a sole factor in getting financial aid. Did you know if you make over $250,000 per year, some colleges will compete for your child by offering a discount for your ‘business’?

What Makes College Planning Experts Unique?

We offer a full service program unlike any other college planning company. We’ll help you get in, reduce costs, and afford college. We are a group of innovative and passionate professionals who are committed to help you reach your college dreams without going broke or owing thousands in student loans.


Founded in 2004, we are the original, largest, and longest standing college planning firm in the Greater Los Angeles area. Whether you have a NCAA prospective athlete, a performing arts student, or a potential engineer, we know how to help them reach their dreams.


We have been honored by former U.S. Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, the California State Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, the California State Senate, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of Santa Clarita for our outstanding work in our local communities.


We really enjoy giving back to our community, which is why we partake in local fundraisers and scholarship contests. We’ve given over $150,000 in charitable contributions, and this number is growing! If you need help, just ask us.

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Find the Best Fit College and Career

With over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, finding the right “fit” can be difficult. You want to ensure your child will be happy and successful while in college and after graduating. We can help.


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College Admissions Secrets & Strategies

One of the biggest fears any parent has is the uncertainty in knowing whether or not his/her child will be accepted to a “dream” college. College Planning Experts can ease those fears.


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Grants, Scholarships, & Worry-Free Funding

College is expensive. The cost can range from $80,000 to $250,000. Can you afford that? Let us help.


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FREE Workshops

Our mission is to simplify the college admissions process and to make college more affordable, one family at a time. One way we achieve this goal is through outreach in the community. If you want to come get some great, free information to begin your college planning journey, come to one of our workshops.


What makes our Workshops so Brilliant?

College Planning Experts offers the best college admissions and financial aid presentations. We educate you and give you the power to take control of this seemingly overwhelming process. Check out what some of our attendees had to say after seeing us speak.

Workshop Testimonials

Why College Planning Experts

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  • 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
  • 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
  • “Brian demystified the college funding process. There's so many things I didn't even know existed with regards to financial aid.” 
    Jesse M.
  • 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
  • “This is an absolute class that all parents should attend whether they think their kids are college-bound or not.”
    Pamela B.
  • 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. (more…)
    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! (more…)
    Amy FrankParent Acton, CA
  • “Thanks for showing me that we qualify for aid in spite of my income.”
    Ron N.
  • 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
  • “It’s refreshing to know that there is hope.”
    Nina A.
  • 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
  • “As a guidance counselor, you really educated me and I thank you.”
    Rhonda A
  • “I was so afraid because I had little to nothing saved Thank you for putting me at ease.”
    Raquel Y.
  • 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
  • “Brian's workshop opened up the opportunity to look at colleges we thought were out of our price range. Thank You!”
    Bonnie E.
  • 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. (more…)
    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

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