The College Funding Center

We help families determine the best options for funding their upcoming college education expenses. We specialize in teaching our clients how to plan, prepare, and pay for college the smart way.

Our goal is to guide families in the right direction to prepare for and manage the stressful process of college admissions, financial aid, and paying the college bill, without affecting their retirement savings.

The College Funding Center of SC, LLC, Financial Planning Consultants, West Columbia, SC
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TESTIMONIALS

  • This was a great experience! We went to Rob and received his help when sending our son to college. I trust him and his advice. We are so thankful a friend recommended him to us, and we have recommended him to several families. You will be so happy you ever met him. Thank you, Rob.

    Mar

    01/30/17

  • Rob is a great guy to work with and is very knowledgeable about the college entry system. He tells you, as well as your child, what needs to be done to get the best money offers at college. I love working with him; I highly recommend him to anyone who has a child just entering high school.

    Linda

    01/31/17

  • Rob is helpful, trustworthy, and honest about what you can and can’t do, which I appreciated. Throughout the process, he was diligent in keeping me up to date and had no problems with my little nit-picky questions. : ) Even though my daughter is no longer in college, Rob and I still keep in touch and I consider him a friend. You cannot do any better than Rob Mendenall!!!

    Cindy T.

    01/31/17

  • Rob is awesome!! He is very versed in all aspects of planning for college cost. Thanks to his work, I was prepared for all the pains that come with figuring out how to pay for college. I also was leaps and bounds ahead of all the other parents when we sat through the finance presentation at freshman orientation; there wasn’t a question or fact that I already had not discussed with Rob. You should not miss attending one of Rob’s seminars, then sit with him and learn how to plan for paying for college.

    Matt

    01/31/17

  • Rob Mendenall is a highly knowledgeable professional in the field of college funding. His expertise and advice have proven priceless in terms of preparation, comfort, and counsel as we ventured into the unknown with our first college-aged child, and as we currently approach the entrance of our second oldest as well! He is personable, welcoming, non-judgmental, supportive, flexible, trustworthy, prepared, and has very strong interpersonal skills. His guidance has been invaluable! I would highly recommend his services!

    Chantal

    1/31/17

  • Rob is very knowledgeable in his field. He is great about educating his clients and walking them through all the details and complicated terminology. He was very helpful not only in dealing with the FAFSA, but also in strategizing with us on other ways to help pay for college. We highly recommend him for college financing solutions; don’t forget that it is never too early to start planning.

    LJH

    01/31/17

  • We have dealt with Rob for about 6–7 years. He is extremely knowledgeable about the college application process and can formulate a plan to help one pay for college as well. He has been very responsive to all our questions and concerns. We would recommend him highly to anyone.

    Tod

    01/31/17

  • I feel like I “lucked out” by attending one of his free seminars at my son’s high school when my son was a freshman. My son is now a sophomore in college, and I have another child who graduates high school in 2018. Having Rob help me navigate the entire college process has been a lifesaver! Rob is extremely attentive, ethical, and professional in his dealings with his clients. There is absolutely no pressure to buy any of his products or services, and he stands by his commitment to helping families prepare for college in a manner that will keep them solvent (regardless of whether they choose to purchase products). He is extremely knowledgeable about the college application, financial aid, and admissions process. I would have been totally stressed out without the knowledge that Rob was just a phone call or an e-mail away. I felt like I had my own personal guidance counselor to walk me through the process. As the years go by, and new FAFSAs have to be filled out, he continues to be extremely accessible and available — and PROMPT — in answering each and every question I have! I HIGHLY recommend Rob and am glad that he will continue to be my partner as I go through this process again with my second child.

    Wendy

    02/01/17

  • My wife and I have been extremely pleased with The College Funding Center of SC, LLC. Specifically, Rob was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable regarding the options available to us related to providing the necessary resources in sending our children to college. Without his assistance, it would have been extremely difficult. His professionalism and knowledge are unsurpassed in the industry and we would absolutely recommend this business to anyone trying to provide their children the opportunity to obtain higher education.

    Bruce

    02/02/17

  • Very professional and knowledgeable resource for both college planning and financial planning. Wealth of resources, experiences, and knowledge that greatly helped my family effectively guide and navigate not only the financial hurdles of college planning, but also the procedural and reputation/ranking/campus life elements of comparing universities.

    Rob

    02/06/17

  • Excellent resource. Rob’s valuable wisdom helped me maneuver three kids from high school to college in South Carolina. His expertise with FAFSA was a life saver for me. Moreover, there is no bait and switch, hidden fees, or unexpected expenses. He is honest and trustworthy.

    Greg

    02/15/17

  • Rob is extremely helpful and professional in working with families as they undertake the daunting task of funding their student’s college education. His financial advice can help parents explore various funding options using the resources available to them. He takes each family’s situation into account and provides advice that will help parents make the best financial decisions for their individual circumstances.

    Dorothy

    02/21/17

  • “Rob Mendenall has helped our family figure out how to send our four daughters to college, how to find the best college for them, how to finance their college, how to finance our future, and even how to get our oldest daughter a car via a mutual contact. I recommend him to everyone I know who has college-bound children.”

    Chris

    03/19/17

  • “I met Rob at Chapin High School when he did one of the college planning seminars. My wife and I decided to meet with him, and Rob has been extremely helpful with my daughter’s college financial planning, filing federal data, and guiding us through the best options for tuition payments. Rob has done a thorough review of my insurance and retirement needs, offering savings, if available, and suggesting to keep what I have when his products don’t match our beat. Recently, he saved me $2,500 on my taxes by knowing how to report the scholarship money my daughter received last year. Rob’s always been helpful and quick to respond to any questions that I have, and I highly recommend his services.”

    Ed Harrington

    Chapin, SC

  • “If you need help securing your child’s future, as well as your own, contact Rob Mendenall. He has extensive knowledge of the entire college process — from choosing the right college to applying for grants, loans, and scholarships to other options that make college more affordable. He can also help you with the right products to secure your retirement. It’s a pleasure to do business with someone who wants to help your child succeed.”

    Mike & Kim

    Blythewood, SC

  • “I first attended Rob Mendenall’s college planning workshop when my oldest child was in ninth grade. As I sat in the audience, I remember wishing that I had the opportunity to attend such a workshop much earlier — like maybe when my child was in kindergarten! The seminar was amazing and filled with facts about financial aid, South Carolina Education Lottery scholarships, and average admission statistics for local South Carolina colleges. Perhaps the most important item that I learned was that it is possible to negotiate financial aid packages between similar schools; that piece of knowledge allowed my family to save an additional $4,000 at my son’s university of choice. My husband and I highly recommend Rob Mendenall for his expertise.”

    Kim & John Hudson

    Irmo, SC

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