The Low Cost of Our Investment Opportunity and the High Demand for Our Services Attract Former Educators and Business Professionals
Class 101’s family of franchisees is a diverse mix of former educators, administrators, and business professionals with two key characteristics in common — a passion for education and a love for helping young people. Two of our most successful franchisees in 2017, Shawn Coats of Mesa and Donna Hill of Little Rock, are a former assistant high school principal and former college instructor and community college student affairs administrator, respectively.
“My heart is really to help people and to help them be successful, and Class 101 is a great business that enables me to do just that,” Donna says. “It’s very rewarding to know I am making a difference in families’ lives.”
Class 101 national college planning franchise helps high school students get into better colleges and qualify for higher amounts of scholarships and financial aid. The college application process is complicated and stressful, often resulting in students who get very little, or zero, financial aid and may end up at the wrong school. Class 101 addresses this need by meeting one-on-one with students once a month for hour-long sessions throughout the year, resulting in improved ACT and SAT scores and GPAs. Additionally, our college planning experts guide students as they draft a high-performance resume and powerful essays, visit schools, complete applications ahead of schedule and navigate the scholarship and financial aid processes. The results are phenomenal. Class 101 students apply to 10 schools on average and receive more than $160,000 in scholarships and aid, much more than the average U.S. high school student who applies to a handful of schools and receives about $20,000 in scholarships and aid.
With low startup costs and a proven home-based business model with two decades of success, Class 101 is an ideal investment for former educators, counselors, coaches, business professionals and others with a heart for working with young people. The new franchise owners joining our ranks in 2017 include retired U.S. Treasury Department agent Tim Shanahan in Rochester, and Tejal Mamtora in Katy, Texas, a former CPA and auditor for companies worldwide.
Class 101 Is a Hands-on Business
The ideal Class 101 franchisee doesn’t necessarily need college preparation experience but can be someone business-minded with exemplary soft skills, such as aptitude in working with young people and networking. An insurance agent who has coached local high school sports teams, for example, could make the perfect Class 101 franchisee.
On the flip side, someone who is seeking a hands-off opportunity or someone with young children will likely not make a good franchise owner. “This really is a hands-on business where the franchisee is the owner/operator. Because our clientele are high school students, business owners who can work in the afternoons, evenings, weekends and Saturday timeframe are ideally suited to the Class 101 schedule. People with young children are not likely a good fit as our planners’ busiest times are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday,” says Class 101 Franchise Sales Director Colleen O’Brien.
Join Class 101 College Planning Franchise
It’s the perfect time to join our growing network of franchisees. Class 101 reported a record-breaking year of expansion in 2017, and we’re targeting a 2020 goal of 100 franchises nationwide. The initial investment to begin a Class 101 franchise is $40,490, making it a low-cost business to launch with the potential for high revenue. Several of our franchisees have surpassed the $100,000 revenue mark in their first or second year. The average gross sales for our top five franchises in 2015 was $137,000, according to our most recent FDD.
Are you passionate about helping young people find the right school and saving money on college tuition? Find out more by researching our franchise website, call 859-759-0495 or request a copy of our free franchise information report.