We are here to:

Empower families with knowledge

Reduce stress with supports provided, and

Maximize opportunities for a wide range of affordable college options.


Balanced College Planning is owned and operated by Rya Carpenter. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance, in addition to a Counseling Credential from the State of California, which has allowed her to serve as a school based counselor for the past 20 years.

Rya has the unique experience of working with students both in the public and private school setting, giving her a broad perspective of student experiences and what colleges are looking for in an applicant. Her talent is adjusting to the needs of the student in front of her; creating college plans that are personalized and targeted for success. She is known for her responsiveness, creative problem-solving and high level of competency in the field of college counseling.

Rya is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She travels to colleges throughout the country and regularly connects with college admission representatives.