We are Certified Educational Planners. We are a team of professionals driven to help your student succeed both in college and in life. We plan individually with students and their families to build the perfect college match as well as financial fit. Our focus is your student and what he or she aspires to achieve. We are Certified College Counselors from UCSD and come with years of experience helping students get into the perfect college or university. We enjoy working with students of all ages and stages. We have specialists who focus on the Ivy schools and we have specialists who focus on getting B students into the best-fit college. Our goal is to help your student be the best they can be while graduating debt free!


Educational Advisor

We are your Educational Advisor. We build a custom 4-year academic plan for your student. We evaluate every class your student takes and make suggestions on AP, IB, and honors classes. No two plans are the same; everything we do is custom to your students needs. If they are excelling in a subject, we recommend a plan of action for the future. If they are struggling in a subject we teach them strategies to be successful. We help every student to be the best they can be and enjoy life along the way.

Financial Advisor

We are your Financial Advisor. We help you plan how your family will pay for college. We work with you to help you understand that the price tag you see on a Colleges website is not the real price. We help you figure out your families EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and we help you file your FASFA. Every family should fill out the FASFA, and we can explain why. We offer financial workshops to help your family plan for the future.

Essay Editor

We are your Essay Editor. Your student will work directly with a professional admissions essay editor. Every college essay that your student writes will be edited by a professional editor who will make recommendations before the essay is sent into the college. We offer sessions on writing the perfect "college application essay".

Test Prep. Advisor

We are your Test Prep. Advisor. We will recommend the best testing strategy for your student. We plan out a testing strategy. When should your student test prep? How should your student test prep? When should they take the Subject tests? When should they take the AP exams? Is the ACT or the SAT better for your student? How many times should they take the tests?

Leadership Advisor

We are your Leadership Advisor. We work with your student to build on their strengths and help them stand out on their college applications. Not all Leadership opportunities are weighed the same in the application process. Quality is better than quantity, and putting together both short and long-term plans will make a big difference.

Community Service Advisor

We are your Community Service Advisor. Not all Community service is weighed the same. We will help you to find your passion as well as use that passion to make a difference in your community. It is no longer enough to have a high GPA and test scores. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who will be successful at their college.


Shellee Howard is the owner and president of College Ready. She is a college graduate and is a Certified Educational Planner. Shellee has a son who graduated from Harvard in the spring of 2016 debt free! Her son is currently a first-year medical student at UC San Diego. Her daughter completed her freshman year at the University of Alabama and just got accepted into the Nursing program at CBU. Shellee has traveled around the world helping students plan for their "perfect match" college. She knows what it takes to compete in the Ivy schools as well as finding the best fit for all students. Shellee believes that no two students are the same and each student must have their own strategy and plan to be successful. Each student has a gift/talent and a passion that will set him or her apart from their competition. Getting to know your student one on one is the key to success. This can be done in person or via Zoom. College Ready has clients all over the world and each one is important.