Public and Private Workshops Delivered by Paul Wrubel

  • How to Pay for College: A nationally-acclaimed overview of the best ways to deal with college costs including a review of the financial aid system and proven ways to qualify for more need-based aid. In addition, there are suggestions as to the best strategy to pay for college costs not covered by financial aid. The workshop is appropriate for parents at all income levels.
  • How to complete the financial aid forms: This is a lively, line-by-line completion guide to the FAFSA and, for attendees who may have to complete the CSS Profile, some highlights from that form.
  • Choosing the “right” college and the admissions process: This workshop helps students focus on a college that may prove to be the best fit for them. Included is an overview of those components required in a typical admissions file. Applications, essays, SAT/ACT, and interview strategies are explored.

Estimated time of all workshops is about 1.5 hours.

Expected fee: Typically about $500 donation to MindWorksUSA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating college access for all academically-qualified students. For very large groups, there may be a printing charge with workshops 2 and 3. Various organizations like Rotary, public and private employers and have chosen to sponsor the workshops as a local community or employee-benefit service. The host will be expected to cover all transportation and lodging costs for workshops outside of San Mateo County, California.

Requirements for the host: PowerPoint projector and a microphone/speaker system.

Consulting and Advisory Services (in-office, Telephonic, Skype):

  • Financial Only:  $500 for a first meeting with routine email, phone calls and followup questions at no additional charge.  Subsequent, scheduled Skype or in-office meetings for particularly difficult issues such as a change in marital status or dramatic alteration of financial circumstances will be charged at $125/hr.  These sessions are very rare and always scheduled at the sole discretion of the client
  • Admissions Only:  Not a standalone service.  I can refer you to others as needed.
  • Financial and Admissions Counseling: $1000 to enroll which includes office visits and  follow up emails, Skpe and phone advice normally at no additional charge.
  • Comprehensive Services  (Including Financial and Admissions): $2,000 for a two-year “retainer” that covers all in-office meetings, Skype telephone advice and emails 24/7 as needed.  “Retainer” clients limited to 10 families per year and is payable in full in advance.
  • Organization Training: Develop programs in college funding and admissions for organizations of every description who wish to counsel students and/or parents on the full range of college access and funding issues.
    Fee: To Be Determined (TBD)
  • Commercial training and advice: Assist commercial businesses in college matters with content and form of delivery services to the public.
    Fee: TBD
  • Professional Partnerships: Working with CPA’s, financial professionals, and attorneys to assist them with ways to help their clients in matters involving college funding in order to preserve assets and to deal with issues like divorce and loss of job.
    Fee: $500/hr.
  • Advisor to Governmental Agencies: Work with public agencies in all matters relating to crafting financial aid programs and policies.
    By Contract Only
  • Advocate for Financial Aid Overhaul: Authoritative new vision for financial aid with a litany of why the current system doesn’t work, who it harms, and what can be done to create a new model. The new approach is outlined in very specific detail and if implemented will serve as the most significant reform of higher education in over 50 years and an immediate, ongoing economic stimulus to every “Main Street” and “College Street” across the nation.  Estimated time for a public forum or speech: About 1 hour.

Requirements for the host: PowerPoint projector and speaker system required.
Fee: A donation to MindWorksUSA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, TBD.


MindWorksUSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to creating enhanced college access for students across the economic spectrum. While there are several components to the MindWorksUSA effort, the immediate, primary focus is to replace the badly broken and utterly dysfunctional college financial aid system. The new vision we advocate…

  • eliminates forever the scourge of student loans as a component of need-based aid;
  • uses only income as the determinant of a family’s ability to pay for college;
  • encourages families to put money aside for retirement and not college;
  • supports colleges in a far more equitable and reliable way in their quest to help needy families;
  • eliminates the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms;
  • guarantees the full amount of financial aid for any needy college-bound family;
  • shrinks the U.S. Department of Education bureaucracy through the elimination of the full “alphabet soup” of current, expensive, need-based aid programs;
  • provides for a robust private option when dealing with proprietary colleges and post-secondary education programs;
  • creates a viable loan payback plan through an employer for those graduate students who may amass student debt or for graduates of proprietary colleges where students have to use private student loans;
  • provides inherent controls against runaway colleges costs;
  • serves as an immediate, real economic stimulus for Main Street, College Street and Wall Street;
  • underwrites the viability of social security and creates an enhanced economy-participating senior citizen population and, finally, it…
  • guarantees that the primary currency for admission to college, any college, is character and talent and not money.
  • For a detailed look at the new paradigm, click here. If you like what you see, send it to your representatives in Congress or to friends and others who may have influence with the federal government.

To help us in our efforts, you can send a donation in any amount to:

330 Main Street, Suite 203
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone:  650-712-1505

All donations are tax-deductible.