Program runs from August 2021 through May 2022 but you can join at anytime throughout the year!

For a complete overview of the three different levels of service within The Financial Aid Academy (BASIC, PRO or PLUS), to determine the best fit for you click the link below.


The Financial aid process is overwhelming. Many first time college students and their parents don't know where to start or how to access all the financial aid that is available to them.

The Financial Aid Academy PLUS guides students and parents step by step through the overwhelming and confusing college financial aid process and teaches them how to access all the financial aid they are entitled to along with help them get the best aid offers possible!

And you will get direct access to The FAFSA Guru herself, throughout the entire year for all of your financial aid related questions!

The Financial Aid Academy PLUS Includes:

  • Membership in the The Financial Aid Academy (A digital course with new content added monthly throughout the year). This content includes videos, PDFS, webinars, scholarship resources and a monthly roadmap and checklist to keep you on track
  • Membership in a private Facebook group facilitated by The FAFSA Guru, to collaborate with other families in and ask questions and where you will get exclusive access to numerous resources
  • Live monthly webinars hosted by The FAFSA Guru going over what you should be focused on that month and educating you about all different aspect of the financial aid process.
  • Direct access to The FAFSA Guru for all your financial aid questions via a private FB group and an exclusive email only for PLUS members

Topics covered in the Financial Aid Academy PLUS through live monthly webinars and other resources include:

  • Understanding how colleges determine a financial aid package
  • Breaking down the EFC, what it means for you
  • How to determine what colleges offer better aid packages
  • What you can do to ensure maximizing your aid offers
  • Preparing for the FAFSA and CSS Profile, what you need to know
  • FAFSA and CSS Profile completion tutorials
  • Financial Aid 101, understanding the process
  • Reporting special circumstances
  • How to write an Effective financial aid appeal letter and ask for more aid
  • What is verification?
  • Private loan options
  • How to close the financial aid gap
  • How to effectively search for and find scholarships
  • What you can do to ensure maximizing your financial aid
  • Comparing financial aid offers
  • Accepting your aid award and what comes next
  • Completing your Master Promissory Note and Entrance counseling
  • And More!

The Financial Aid Academy PLUS is the perfect way to work closely with a financial aid expert throughout the entire financial aid process at an affordable rate!

PLUS Program Features:

--- Direct access to The FAFSA Guru for financial aid questions for the entire program via email and a private FB Group

— Monthly roadmaps to help you stay on track and guide you month by month through the financial aid process

— Video content specific to each month's topics

—Organized FAQ’s and monthly worksheets to keep you on track

--- Access to a private Facebook Group

— Informative monthly LIVE webinars with The FAFSA Guru

— Curated scholarship resources and links

---Discounts on on one consultations with The FAFSA Guru

Most Educational Consultants require families to sign on for expensive packages to work with them that costs thousands of dollars.

The Financial Aid Academy PLUS gives you unlimited access to The FAFSA Guru herself along with step by step guidance for just $599 for the entire year!

Pay in full and save $100! Payment plans available too.


"Tina is a top notch coach! She has helped my daughter and I this entire year through the overwhelming financial aid process and helped my daughter access thousands of dollars in scholarships that she would not have received without Tina's help! I do not know what we would have done without all Tina's knowledge. I highly recommend her for all of your and your students college financial aid guidance needs!"

— Tina Lewis, CA.

"I don't know what we would have done without Tina's help! We asked her so many questions and always received prompt answers. She taught us things we had no clue about, like how to find colleges that offer better financial aid offers and how to appeal financial aid. Our daughter received an extra $5000 a year for all four years as the result of the appeal letter we wrote with Tina's help and that was on top of her other financial aid! She regularly provided scholarship resources to save us the time searching for them and our daughter even won a couple of them! We can not recommend her coaching program enough. 10 months of ongoing help and invaluable information from an expert that cost just $699 is a no brainer!

--- Dorothy Canter, CO

Meet The FAFSA Guru, Tina Steele

After working in higher education (with expertise in financial aid) for over 30 years, I’ve seen the gap between the financial aid guidance students and their families need and what’s available to them.

College personnel are overwhelmed and can't provide in depth one on one assistance due to their caseload, 800 numbers are frustrating, and private educational consultants charge thousands of dollars for their services, leaving most families unable to access help.

Not only this but students are missing out on thousands of dollars in financial aid because they and their parents don't understand the process and options available to them.

As a mother (and stepmother) of six children, I’ve seen every side of the process.

I launched The FAFSA Guru to provide guidance, support, resources, and a helping hand at an affordable rate for every family preparing for college. I have helped thousands of families navigate the college financial aid process, making sure they get all the money they can. It is my passion, and I’m so grateful to spend my days doing what I do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if only need this course for a few months?

This course is designed to coach student's and parents throughout the entire financial aid process. There is a new topic each month and important tasks to complete. financial aid is an ongoing process and one you should be on top of each and every month if you want to maximize those financial aid offers. You are welcome to only use the program for a few months but there are no discounts offered for that. Once you pay for the course you will have access to it for the entire year. Believe me, you might think you don't need it anymore after a certain time period, but you will.

Do I have to pay separately for each child?

No. The $499 is the price whether you have one or multiple children.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

While this course is non refundable, if you are unhappy for any reason reach out to Tina to discuss options as she would never want anyone to be dissatisfied with her programs or services.