An educational consultant is a skilled professional who provides counseling to help both student and family choose a school, college or other program that is a good personal match: one that will foster a particular student's academic and social growth. Educational consultants provide both student and family with individual attention, firsthand knowledge of multiple educational opportunities, and the time to explore all of the options.

We believe so! But planning and research prior to choosing a school to ensure a 'GOOD FIT' is essential to maximize your student's success and happiness. Effective planning during the college search process becomes more critical as higher education conditions shift. The average annual budget for a student attending a public college is between $28,000- $40,000 annually; for a private college, plan on $65,000+ annually for 4 years. So, hiring an educational consultant can greatly help your student get the support, guidance, motivation, and information they need when applying and ultimately choosing a school to attend.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slightly more than three in every five high school graduates continue on to college (with young women doing so at a slightly higher rate than young men). If you are unsure that an additional two to four years of schooling will make that much of an impact on your life – think twice and believe it will. Your potential earning power increases by 70% over your lifetime vs. that of a high school graduate.

   It is never too early to hire an educational consultant. Some choose to begin upon entering as freshman in order to plan out class schedules, maximize potential academic curriculum, and focus on specialized academic programs, such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate programs. In addition, information and support is provided to the student to assist with finding the extra-curricular activities, community service and internships that support student’s interests; prepare for the SAT and ACT exams, begin searching career possibilities and more. Personalized calendars and planners are set-up so students can achieve the maximum potential without the stress of trying to keep track of dates and events needed for strong college applications.
   It is never too late to hire an educational consultant. The fall of student’s senior year is the time to research and create a final list of colleges and universities that seem best suited for their needs. It is also time to finalize the admission’s essay and financial aid plans. Scholarships are an integral part of the process and students will need someone who can guide them down the right path of this intricate part of college planning. Both student and family will want to spend time paring down (or developing) their list of the best schools in terms of the criteria deem most important. 

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