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Plan the Way Foundation

  • Plan the Way Foundation
  • 4012 Benjamin Drive
  • Cincinnati, OH 45245
  • 513-753-1290

Program Description

Plan the Way Foundation, Inc. is a Cincinnati-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that helps families navigate the college and career planning process.

Plan the Way offers programs, activities, and other educational resources to help middle school and high school students develop their knowledge in the areas of college planning, financial literacy, and career preparation. These programs can be held during the school day, after school, or on the weekends.

For parents, Plan the Way offers a series of education workshops and webinars on a variety of college planning and financial literacy topics. The niche that we fill is reviewing the college financial plan for a family and discussing with them the different strategies they could implement to best position themselves to maximize financial aid eligibility, reduce EFC, and preserve their wealth as they pay for college.

Along with the opportunities mentioned above, Plan the Way has also developed relationships with other organizations that offer complementary services to further support families in the community.

Success Stories

High school senior wanted to get into Architecture and was looking at several schools. His GPA was around a 2.0 and he scored an 18 on his ACT.

He began his post-secondary work at a 2 year satellite campus. He worked hard and improved his grades drastically as he became more comfortable with college life.

He moved onto a 4 year university to complete his studies. He successfully completed his program and graduated with his Bachelor's Degree. He is now employed at an architecture firm and loves his job!

Sometimes it takes a different path to get to the place you want to go.

Best Practices Library

Start developing a college financial plan as early as possible.

Get students involved in the community, encouraging them to explore their interests and participate in activities that can enhance and further develop their talents and abilities (shadow, volunteer, etc.).

Find a mentor.

Develop a career plan to determine best path to take after high school, if necessary.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Other: 100%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 5000
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 25% and 50%