Because the right roadmap matters.

The free College Ready Discovery Call will reveal how to get into your dream college and graduate with little or no debt without losing your mind or your money.

The bottom line is that SO MUCH has changed! There’s a new reality. It’s no longer just about your G.P.A. and your test scores. It is exciting if you are really prepared and “College Ready”. I’ll show you the most effective way to get your child into their dream college and get a full or partial scholarship, even if the test scores are not perfect and regardless of what your income is!

This is how my son went to Harvard. He graduated in four years debt-free and his GPA and test scores were not perfect! It cost me $6475 to send him there. Total. That was the cost of his books.

That’s how my daughter went to Alabama, graduating in four years debt-free.

And we’ve helped hundreds of other stressed and busy moms and dads do the same with their kids. Watch my video to learn how.

Hello, my name is Shellee Howard, and I am the Founder and CEO of College Ready. I am looking forward to meeting your family on our Discovery Call.

Choose a time that’s good for you and your child so that I can meet you. I am so excited to speak with you about your teenager’s future. The college application process should be a time of celebration and not overwhelm or frustration.

I look forward to sharing with you the new rules of the college admissions process. What you do not know might cost your family time or money or, ultimately, success in your college application. I don’t think any family wants college debt.

I promise this Discovery Call will give you a ton of value. We will discuss your concerns and your questions about the college admissions process. I will share what colleges are looking for based on our insights with cases just like yours. I will show you the exact process our students used to earn over $23 million dollars in scholarships in 2023/2024.

It is important that both parents and student be on the call. Why? Because we need to get clear on what’s important to your family. Alignment is key. Is your choice of college an academic fit, a social fit, and a financial fit?

Book the call, and we’ll send you some questions about your situation. Please fill out the questionnaire before the meeting so I can speak specifically to your family’s needs. I look forward to our Discovery Call. 

Students From College Ready Families Have Been Accepted At These Fine Colleges.

Your Student Can Too, And Often With Big Scholarships And Grants!

The results prove the value of hiring a College Ready Counselor to help with your college application process!

During your Discovery Call, be sure to ask about the incredible success record of College Ready over the last 16 years and what it means to you. We’ll show you how we can bring big results for your family.

Higher admission rates

Compared to average college admission rates, our families enjoy five times higher admission rates!

Personal private clients

At College Ready, we’ve faithfully served over 900 wonderful, deserving students.

Ivy League School placements

Over 110 of our college placements at College Ready have been at Ivy League universities.

Million of merit aid received

Our students have been awarded $23+ million based on academic, athletic, artistic or special-interest merit.

% Completion of passion projects

With our guidance, 100% of College Ready students have completed a Passion with a Purpose project.

% of College Ready students

ALL of our College Ready students get into their best fit college!

% of College Ready students

Over 97% of our students get into one of their top three college choices!

% of College Ready students

More than 97% of College Ready students have earned full or partial scholarships

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93% of College Ready students finish their degrees and graduate in four years.

Featured Testimonial: “…They make navigating through the college admission maze so much easier!”

“Shellee and her College Ready group are solid college admission and financial counselors. They take parents and students through every step of the college admission process, starting with academic rigor, test strategy, passion project, extracurriculars, leadership and the FAFSA. Our daughter is now in her second semester at USC where she received the President’s Scholarship. My daughter called me last week to tell me Shellee stopped by to take her to lunch and see how she was doing. College Ready goes over and above what you may expect. They make navigating through the college admission maze so much easier!” ~Trish D., Parent

College Admissions Counselors Are Worth The Investment


“Searching for the right colleges and financial aid for your child is a daunting process, and can also become a full-time job. We became overwhelmed, and finally, we took friends’ advice to meet with Shellee Howard at College Ready in their Newport Beach office. Our friends’ children worked with College Ready and both have excellent scholarships and financial aid at University of Michigan and SMU. What a relief to have the process steered by someone with expertise. Shellee and her associates are experts not only about private and public universities nationwide, but also about emerging career choices that may suit your child’s interests and strengths. They care about matching your child to college environments best suited to them and to your wallet. You need a private counselor such as College Ready. The investment in their services will alleviate stress and save you considerable money; you may get MUCH more help from a private university than a state public one. So far our daughter was accepted to Columbia with 90% financial aid. Fingers crossed on the others.”

Will and Sarah M., Parents

“I cannot say enough about College Ready. I was referred to them late in the process (early in my son’s Sr. year). Upon meeting with Shellee I was so pleasantly surprised. She was so full of knowledge and extremely friendly and professional. She took the time to listen to what we had done so far and provide guidance even in our first consultation. After we decided to move forward, she assessed what we had done well and what was still missing. She did not make us feel bad but was very supportive and creative in her suggestions. She was a breath of fresh air with a ton of knowledge and ideas. She helped our son edit an amazing college essay in 2 meetings. She also helped answer some VERY difficult FAFSA questions that I would otherwise NEVER have been able to navigate. And this made a HUGE difference in my EFC. Overall they were available for questions by phone and the whole process was made so much easier because of them. The end result…. 11 out of 12 acceptances. My son will be attending his 1st choice school next fall. Thank you again College Ready. You are the best!”

Tammy and Sam R., Parents

“Where do I even begin? College Ready was a lifesaver for my family. My daughter was so overwhelmed and stressed out, all we did was argue. I thought I was early signing up with College Ready but what I found out, is that my daughter was so stressed because she was falling quickly behind. There were so many parents sharing information, I did not know who to believe or trust. One afternoon when I picked my daughter up from school, she got in the car and broke down in tears. The pressure had gotten to her and I knew it was time to seek help. I remember hearing Shellee Howard, founder of College Ready and the College Ready Plan, speak at her National Charity League Tea event and I knew it was time to give her a call. She took the time to answer all my questions over the phone and when we met in person, I could see my daughter smile with relief. We hired College Ready that evening and it was honestly the best decision I have made for my family. On top of that, my daughter got accepted into 11 colleges and 7 of them she received a significant amount of money! She will graduate debt free!”

Doreen L., Parent

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