Our mission is to provide families with expert guidance in the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. Our dedicated counselors help high school students identify their college goals as well as support them in the steps necessary to achieve those goals in the most cost-effective manner possible. Class 101 franchises have been assisting students with college coaching and planning for over 20 years. Our clients have received hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship money. Additionally, our college advisors have helped place student in a majority of the top tier universities in the United States. If you want to save a ton, contact Class 101!
Tom Pabin – Franchise Owner
Tom is the founder and owner of Class 101. His career as a business owner and college/financial planner has spanned almost two decades. In that time he has helped students and families save millions of dollars on higher education. In Kentucky, Tom has worked with learners from over 70 high schools conducting financial aid workshops, one-on-one college planning, ACT/SAT prep classes, and facilitating visits to universities across the country. Working with students across 16 states and doing direct consultation with over 20 high schools, he’s helped more than 2,200 students find their way to college and significantly improved their scores on over 6,000 tests. In his spare time, Tom enjoys traveling and being involved with his sons’ basketball teams; he is husband to Christie and father of two boys, Matthew and Thomas.
Olivia Thomas – Office Manager
Betsy Filchak – College Planner
Betsy Filchak comes to college planning after a full career in public education. She has mastered how to tap students’ potential with tailored tactics, thanks to her varied background. Betsy works from the Lexington Class 101 home office where her responsibilities are divided between one-on-one client service and operational duties to further the Class 101 franchise. Her favorite part of her work is a tie between helping families realize the financial feasibility of college and the summer campus tour down South. Betsy lives in downtown Lexington. Her own children flew the nest for excellent college experiences and show no signs of returning. Betsy’s favorite use of free weekends is trips to destinations like Charleston, South Carolina, and Chicago (both great college towns).
Kimberly Steele – College Planner
Kimberly’s first interaction with Class 101 was as a parent. Her son Brody worked with Tom during his college planning. Brody headed off to University of Alabama in 2015-Roll Tide! In 2016, with an empty nest, Kimberly joined Class 101 as a part-time college planner-spending her days working at Tates Creek Elementary and her evenings working with her high school clients. She loves getting to know her students and being able to join them in their quest to find the college that fits them personally and financially. She and her husband love cruises, Disney, Chicago, and entertaining friends at their home.