About Us

We know college planning. We know the best ways to pay for higher education. We are college admissions and college financial aid experts.

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Our Team

Our team of resident experts will teach you what they’ve learned after helping hundreds of families get into the best colleges and saving them tens of thousands of dollars!

Phil Bell

Phil Bell

Director of Admissions Programs

Phil Bell is the founder of Yorkshire College Planning and has been helping families plan and prepare for college for nearly 30 years. He is our Director of Admissions Programs.

Sean Bell

Sean Bell

Director of Client Relations

Sean Bell is the only 2nd-generation College Planner in America. Having grown up in the business, Sean is a college planning expert in his own right. He is our Director of Client Relations and Program Implementation.

Mike Escobar

Mike Escobar

Director of Financial Aid Programs

A former Math Teacher and Wrestling Coach, Mike founded his own College Planning company before joining the Yorkshire College Planning team. He is our Director of Financial Aid Programs.

Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton

Director of International Student Admissions

Since 2007, Peter has been a teaching and administrative professional at schools in mainland China and the US. He speaks fluent Mandarin and is a certified Life Coach and Certified College Funding Specialist (CCFS).

Karisa O'Neill

Karisa O'Neill

Client Success Specialist

Karisa is an accomplished client relations and client success specialist. She has a keen eye for serving the Yorkshire families, and proactively develops solutions for the Yorkshire team. She and her husband call San Diego home where they are raising their daughter and son.

Olivia Scicolone

Olivia Scicolone

College Essay Specialist

Olivia Scicolone (BA Yale 2015) has a true passion for helping students find and hone their best college admissions essays.¬† With experience working as an interviewer for Yale Admissions, Olivia possesses keen insight into what captures a school’s attention and what doesn’t. Her tutees have been admitted to schools such as Wooster, OSU, Skidmore, Georgetown, University of Michigan, Duquesne, Emory, Colgate, and Harvard.
Douglas Shultz

Douglas Shultz

Director of Wealth Strategies

Douglas Shultz is a Co-Founder of Yorkshire Wealth Management. He is a resident wealth strategy expert at Yorkshire College Planning, and currently serves as the Treasurer of Escondido, California.

Gabriel Villagran

Gabriel Villagran

College Funding Specialist

Gabriel Villagran has a background in adolescent counseling and has contributed to countless families as a mentor through various faith-based organizations. He now uses that experience to help students and families navigate their college experiences as one of our Certified College Funding Specialists (CCFS).

Combining Coaching and Consulting to go to the best colleges as inexpensively as possible.

Our Promise

We deliver insightful and timely advice for families to send your children to the best colleges possible. We take on the role of College Project Manager so you and your student(s) can enjoy this special time in your lives!

At Yorkshire College Planning, we make it our business to guide you through the tricky waters of higher education – and we promise you’ll have a good time along the way!

Each of our College Planning Advisors go out of their way to make the journey smooth and enjoyable – you and your children will leave the very first meeting with a life-long friend!

Our Mission

Our mission for parents is to de-stress and simplify the college planning process – to be a professional guide and friend to parents when they need it most.

Our mission for students is to proactively align their career goals, college major, and college choices so they enter the marketplace with every advantage possible.

Our mission for families is simple, yet powerful: to save as much money on college as possible using every strategy and tool at our disposal.


We would love to answer your college planning questions! Feel free to drop us a line!


16935 W Bernardo Drive

Suite 170

San Diego, CA 92127

Call Us

Main Office: (858) 766-4471

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri: 9:00AM-4:00PM

Sat - Sun: CLOSED

National holidays observed.