How Can An Independent College Counselor Benefit Your College-Bound Child?

High school counselors spend an average of 23 minutes working with their college-bound students on the college search and planning process. Most high school counselors work with more than 350 students. Few high school counselors are able to visit colleges or attend conferences because their schools do not have the budget for them to do so.

Here are nine reasons why an independent college admissions counselor could benefit your college-bound student:

1. They are experts in the college admission process and visit colleges and universities extensively every year to determine the unique qualities in each school.

2. They help students with the college search and are not just interested in brand name schools, but want to find colleges that fit your student’s academic and personal needs.

3. They do not have an emotional attachment to your child and this allows them to provide unbiased, professional advice.

4. They get to know students on a personal basis which enables them to help students become stronger college applicants.

5. They help provide direction for students on their college applications and help brainstorm topics to help students write the most effective essays. 

6. They assist students and families in finding schools that are affordable. They also provide information on financial aid and scholarships.

7. They are not limited in the number of hours they can work with students. This allows them to be available when students need them, with the answers they need.

8. They want to help students find colleges that are committed to seeing their students graduate in four years, rather than the usual five, six or more. This can save parents a considerable amount of money.

9. They are members of professional organizations like the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and attend state and national conferences to continue their professional development.

Many families believe that hiring a private college counselor is the best investment they have made.  In the end, it actually saved them money.

 
 
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