Dan Bisig is an Author, College Admissions, and Funding Expert, and Founder of College and Beyond, LLC (2006) and co-founder of College and Beyond – Test Prep (2013). For years Dan has talked about writing a book to help every family navigate their way through the college process and co-authoring the College Entrance Game Plan: Your Comprehensive Guide To Collecting, Organizing and Funding College (2016) is a dream come true.
Dan started College and Beyond when a longtime friend and client came to him asking what he and his wife should do. They had a daughter (junior) at an all girls private high school, a son (freshman) at an all boys private high school and another daughter at a private grade school. The problem was they only had $5,000 saved for college. Never wanting to turn away a challenge, Dan started doing some research and was ultimately able to help this family set up a complete college funding plan. Success was achieved by integrating and coordinating multiple strategies to pay for college. It was during this time that Dan realized there had to be many more families who also needed help working their way through the college process and his college consulting business was born.
Over the years, Dan has helped guide thousands of students and parents across the United States by connecting the dots of the entire college process including: career and college selection, scholarships, comprehensive admissions guidance (applications, essay review, and interview prep), financial aid review, and building an integrated and coordinated college funding plan. Financial Planners, CPA’s and other trusted advisers love to refer clients to Dan because he provides value added guidance on the college process while they offer the right funding and tax solutions for their clients.
Dan has been featured in numerous articles on college issues over the years in the Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, and Florence Recorder. He has also been interviewed on local TV and radio shows on a variety of college topics. Dan has spoken in front of thousands of families at many private and public high schools, corporations, libraries, and community organizations in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1988 where he studied business and music. He is a member of the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling (KYACAC), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG). Dan also volunteers his time at Crossroad Church in Florence, KY, is an instructor for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a member of the intake team at LifeLine Ministries and is a Board Member for the Boone County Education Foundation (BCEF).
As the son of a teacher and a middle-school principal that struggled to pay for their two boys to attend college, as well as having a family with two children of his own, Ryan Clark decided to investigate why attending college had become so expensive. He found out that the old strategies for getting into college and receiving financial assistance for college that he was taught in high school, and that are still perpetuated today, have changed dramatically. Universities have become much more sophisticated, and the admission process has become more competitive and complicated.
Ryan also realized that there are options available to help families with selecting colleges, but those same options did very little to educate these same parents on how to help lower the cost or help these families pay for college. Ryan became extremely dissatisfied with the current state of college planning and decided to fill this education and coaching gap by founding Clark College Funding Inc. in 2004.
As founder and CEO of Clark College Funding Inc., Ryan has extensive experience in working with over a thousand families throughout the United States in helping them through the entire college planning process.
He holds designations from the National Institute of Certified College Planners. He is a member of the National Association of College Advisers (NACA), National College Advocacy Group (NCAG), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), and the North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA).
In recognition of his outstanding work, Ryan’s book, College Aid for Middle-Class America: How to Pay Wholesale vs. Retail, has been endorsed by nationally known CPA and the President and Founder of the National Association of College Planners, Rick Darvis.
Ryan is a recognized college aid expert, consultant, speaker, author, and coach. He is frequently interviewed on the radio, published in newspapers, magazines, and online, including CBS Money Watch, The Business Insider, and MarketEDU.com.
Ryan created a step-by-step college planning system, which produces exceptional and predictable results of paying wholesale college pricing for any student, from any economic background. As an expert in helping families throughout the U.S. reduce the “financial elephant” of paying for college, he has assisted close to a thousand families save an average of $40,000 to $60,000 of college cost per child.
Ryan holds an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte and is an alumnus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he earned an ABET accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Systems Engineering. He is also a retired Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and has a U.S. Coast Guard License as a Third Asst. Engineer (unlimited tonnage). As founder and CEO of Clark College Funding and Tuition Publishing, he has enabled thousands of families to obtain a quality college degree for less than they dreamed possible and he will show you too!