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New FAFSA Filing:  October 1, 2017

Do you have a FSA ID already???

I have been trained on the New SAT!

As "an authorized College Board Provider", allow me to help you to choose the best options to improving your scores!

Let me help you to find the

  'Right College at the Right Price'!

Get financial aid / avoid bad loans!

(Note new filing date/ process for FAFSA/ PHEAA!)

Consider an 'Appeal' for more Aid!



 College costs too much to Not get a good job!

Are you a Student - Athlete? 

I have experience specific to athletes' and performance artists' complex choices for colleges

Introducing New Services:

Save Time & $$$ by graduating in fewer than four years!

Make a 'parent/ student' agreement on goals for college!

  How I can help you

Narrow your list of colleges using my inventory

Use my career assessment to plan for your profession

Understand career opportunity, salaries, grad school

Select a strong major at an affordable college

Make a plan to reduce family stress and tension


Your Daughter/ Son deserves the best!

 Call now for a free consult @ 610 285-2355 

Who I am:

 2017-2018 College Board 'Authorized Provider'


28+ years in Higher Education

National Academic Advising Merit Award

Former College Head Baseball Coach

Annually trained on FAFSA/ PHEAA forms  

      "Approved"- Pennsylvania Dept of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education- "John Dickson to provide consulting services to college bound students and their families..." approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as of November 29, 2010

 Call 610-285-2355 for a Free Consultation now!

Please Note: Others might - but no one should - promise scholarships, huge grants or guarantee acceptances to colleges! Instead, I will present you with reliable information and guidance for YOU to make the best decisions for your child and your family. That is my promise, in writing, to YOU!        John.W. Dickson

Client Comments

Mary Zeiner, M.Ed

March 2, 2017

"I heard about John Dickson from a close friend whose son is one year older than Ryan.  Everything my friend said was true.

John is knowledgable and goal-oriented in all aspects of colleges and finances, yet he took the time to get to know us as a family and our son as a person, student and an athlete.

No pressure to commit to future meetings or package.  Always prepared with information.  Allowed our family to set the agenda according to our needs" 

David & Karen Adams

April 5, 2016

"Our family appreciates your time and dedication to our son, Noah's college decision-making process.  You made a very stressful decision a lot less stressful with your knowledge and guidance.  See you soon for our daughter, Hannah's college selection process!"

Helen B.

December 10,2015

"Without your research, she probably never would have looked at.......Thank you again."

With J-, She will finish in 3 1/2 your guidance helped her as well."

Michelle W.

December 9, 2015

"Thank you for your advice as always!"

Taylor P.

October 28, 2015

"We really appreciate all the work that you have done for us!"

Olivia M.

October 14,2015

"My mom and I thought the campus was beautiful.  Thank you for all your help!"

Mark Philips

July 6, 2015

"I wanted to thank you for your time and wisdom. I know that we found the information you gave us useful and worthwhile. I will be sure to recommend your services to my friends and co-workers."

Lori Sanders

April 20, 2015

"John, I want to thank you for meeting with us.  It may been the best $75 I have ever spent.  You

very clearly put everything into perspective.  She is now very focused on her new plan.  I have already

referred you to several people."  Lori Sanders


Rich Schuyler

December 19, 2014

"It was good for hear more about the various considerations needed to make best decisions and to optimize financial strategy.  Your experience and presentation provided us much clarity and insight"


Marcus Pereira

September, 2014

Thanks Again For All Your Help And Expertise On Guiding US For Our Kids Future Success. Nancy and I really appreciate it.  See you next time. Marcus


Keri Dupree

May, 2014

"Thank you so much for your assistance.  The appeal resulted in an additional $7,500 scholarship.  The meeting with you and the campus visit helped her feel a lot better......She saw the wisdom of not coming out of college deeply in debt.  Thanks again for your help.  I'm sure we will be meeting with you again when its' J'.....s turn, but this time, we'll start the process a lot earlier." 


Kathleen Dalrymple

May, 2014

"I guess you can now add Kyle to your list of 'success stories'.  He's excited beyond belief!   I will highly recommend your services and expertise to anyone I know."


Cynthia Krisher

April, 2014

"I have to tell you that I am so happy we are working with you.  You have a wealth of knowledge in the areas where both Craig and I are lacking.  So thank you very much for working with us and explaining to us the steps we need to take."

Beth & Bob Krammes

January, 2014

"Thank you so much for your help with our family to reach our goals for Austin!" 


Arden, Kurt, Daulton Maier

August 2013

 "Thanks for the "goals" sheet.  I

think it could come in handy.  Daulton is off to SUNY on Friday.  We are both excited and nervous.  I am sure he will do well.  Thanks to you,he has a solid foundation on where he will begin his journey.
Thanks so much!" 



Amanda Citro,  May 15, 2013 

"I just wanted to send you a quick email thanking you for all the help you've given me in terms of college advice and help with essays and scholarships.Thinking about college used to give me a lot of anxiety due to the expense, but I'm feeling much better these days. I never would have received such a great financial aid package without your help, and I also found out today that I received the Transfer Honors scholarship of $5,000 per yearYou've helped me so much through this process, and I appreciate it so much."



Cheryl Citro

March 7, 2013

    "Working with John on the Financial Aid process for my daughter was a terrific experience. Not only did he educate us on how the Financial System works and supported us through the process, he helped my daughter become clear on choosing a major and in seeing what the cost of her choices would be upon graduation. His authentic desire to help us obtain the best Financial Aid package for our family was evident in all our interactions. I only wish I had contacted him earlier in the process so I could have avoided some of the mistakes I made trying to do it on my own. Getting assistance from John was the best decision I made."


Cheryl & Rich Christensen

             March 5, 2013

"You have been a truly phenomenal

help in this process!"


David Philips

February 7, 2013

 "Thanks again!. You were very helpful, not only with the application process (especially the essay), but also with Shannon's decision-making process on her college selection. With Shannon being our first child going through this process you made my wife and myself very at ease with huge decisions we are facing. We would be happy to recommend your very valuable yet reasonable service to any of our friends. Best Regards!"


Arden, Daulton & Kurt Maier

January, 18, 2013

"You helped bridge the LARGE gap between our college experience and our son's college selection and admission process. Your information has been paramount in selecting a major, selecting a college, and going through the application and admission processes. To date, it has been an outstanding success. Thank you for everything! Investing in you has been a great pleasure.

Sean B. October 7,2012

"Thanks for your help getting me better organized!  I am using your system to get high grades, see my friends and work more closely with my professors.  It is all working!


Kyle R., Sept.15, 2012

"I am 100% enjoying....and I now know that I definitely made the right choice and for that I am forever grateful!  Thanks again for helping me to make such a good choice! 


Brian, July 17, 2012

"Somehow I had no doubt that God

would continue to use you to bring light into the darkness that often surrounds college admissions.  you are a gift to so many John, and I count myself among that lucky number!

Robin J. February 2, '12

"Thank you for all the wonderful info....Thank you for your honesty and positive approach. We know several other families that could really use your guidance!"


Brenda H. December 26,'11

"Dear John, I wanted to thank you for all the help you have provided for me in my college search. The information you found really helped me to define what I wanted to do and to turn my desire into a viable working opportunity. You were instrumental in my college search as I would have been unable to diffentiate between the 'name only' writing programs from those that would provide me a valuable eduation....The information you provided was invaluable."


     Barbara C. December 1

"I did want to thank you for helping my daughter to become more clear as to what direction she wants to take with her education. You have been a tremendous help to us. We didn't know what we didn't know!"

Dr. Marty Peifer, November 15

"Mr. Dickson has done great work for our family. His resourcefulness and capability to listen to our son's situation and knowledge of colleges have been extraordinarily helpful! He has also been willing and skillful at researching unfamiliar schools as well. All in all, its been a pleasure to work with Mr. Dickson. He has helped our son progress through the college maze. Many thanks!"


      Kyle Rader, November 2011

"Before meeting with John, I was completely clueless! Now, I am equipped with the knowledge to avoid student debt and to find the perfect job for my personality! Plus, he was easy to work with!"


Bill & Linda H. May, 2011

"John was very helpful to us. We had a very unique situation and John was kind, patient, and supportive of it. He worked with us through the obstacles that the university required. He was extremely helpful with filing the FAFSA. John is an honest, open individual and very affordable. We would highly recommend his services. Thank you, John!"


      Rachael, Class of 2015

       Penn State University

"John helped me find the best, affordable college for me. He helped me understand what to look for in the college selection process, and knowledge of debt after graduating from college. Thank you, John!"