About The College Dollar

The College Dollar was started to ensure parents have the information they need to help their children make a good financial decision about their college choice. With 10+ years advising families about college finances, loan choices, how to pay, refinancing options and debt payback, The College Dollar can educate your family on the complexities of college financial aid.

Overwhelming debt upon graduation is not setting the student up for success.

My Bio

Before becoming passionate about college finances, Liane’s background included teaching, a non-profit director and paralegal for a large NYC law firm. After 10 years’ experience working for a college consulting company, she started her own business to solely focus on college finances. Her specialty is helping parents early on, truly understand the cost of college and how to pay it, and educating recently graduated students understand their debt and how best to repay it.

She is a member of HECA – Higher Education Consultants Association, NCAG – National College Advocacy Group and certified in College Finances by the AFCPE and Financial Aid certification through Scoir.

Assisting her three children through the college journey has given her first-hand knowledge of what parents really want and need to know. As all three are in college at the same time, the craziness, complications and excitement that surrounds finding a college are well understood. And, she highly recommends yoga, a glass of wine and long walks during the search process!


Episode 72: Creating a College List with Financial Fit in Mind

Member Organizations



Higher Education Consultants Association


National College Advocacy Group


Thank you so much for our Tuition Bill review. It was amazing how much we still didn’t know and were about to pay thousands of dollars. Your explanation was so helpful and made me feel much better about our chosen payment path and sending MacKenzie off to college. The best money we spent on college!

David O. Penfield, NY

That FAFSA had us stumped but you got us through it! I appreciate the multiple calls and patience working it all out. I know our divorced situation wasn’t easy. Highly recommend your services for any college finance question. We’ll get back to you for our next one!

Megan S. Roanoke, VA