Opportunities Through Education
Marcy Hamilton

How Can A College Admissions Consultant Help Your Family?   

   How to Choose the Right College Admissions Help For Your Family

What should you look for when choosing a professional college admissions consultant? Here are some tips from the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) on how to find the right consultant for your family.

Start with your child. The college admissions consultant you choose should be a good match for your child’s personality, have experience with students with similar admissions profiles, and be supportive of your child’s college aspirations.

The consultant should focus on minimizing stress and anxiety, not increasing it. Professional college admissions consultants understand that college planning can be stressful at times, and they should strive to reduce that anxiety for both students and parents.

The consultant should demonstrate college admissions-related knowledge, experience and training. A professional college admissions consultant should be knowledgeable about a wide range of colleges and universities as well as current admissions trends, and they should also have experience helping students through the college search and application process while remaining committed to on-going professional development.

The consultant should clearly explain their services and associated costs. The services to be provided and the fees the consultant will charge should be clearly established up front.

The consultant should be committed to maintaining high ethical standards in their practice. Ethical consultants do not guarantee admission into specific colleges or promise financial awards. They do not suggest that they have “special pull” with certain college admissions professionals. They also do not write essays or other application materials for students.

 For more information on college admissions consultants, visit www.hecaonline.org

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