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ManagingCollegeCost.com has moved to College Countdown

The new Financial Fit Program on College Countdown is fully integrated with videos, worksheets, and software to help you determine what you can afford to spend on college and then to find colleges that match your affordabiliy.

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You don’t have to take on excessive college debt.



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The Financial Fit Program helps you:

  • Calculate affordability privately.
  • Understand net price versus sticker price.
  • Maximize the use of more than 2,000 net price calculators, direct links included.
  • Find categories of colleges that are actually affordable.
  • Understand the entire financial aid process.
  • Learn about the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • Understand the 10 loan options for students and parents







“...knowledge is power and with the knowledge we gained from your program, we were able to get an affordable education for our daughter.”


–Cassandra Collangelo, Parent, Lincoln Way East High School








Meet Frank Palmasani


Frank Palmasani has been dedicated to helping families find affordable college options for more than 30 years.


He started learning about the college financial aid process in 1976, his first year as a high school counselor. In 1981, he moved to the college level, eventually becoming a director of admissions. He has since returned to the high school arena as a guidance counselor, a job he continues to enjoy today.


Out of these experiences, Palmasani created the Financial Fit Program, and his forthcoming book Right College, Right Price (Sourcebooks, Fall 2012), to reverse the trillion dollar student debt problem—a problem that had no proven solution before now. His Financial Fit Program has already helped more than 200,000 families keep college affordable, making it possible for students to graduate without excessive debt.