Top Twelve Questions to Ask
In your search for college advising, you may be interviewing more than one professional. We welcome the opportunity to get to know your family and help you decide if College Connectors is the right fit for your student. After all, finding the right fit is what we’re all about!
12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Educational Consultant
- Do you guarantee admission to a school, one of my top choices, or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships? (Do NOT trust any offer of guarantees.)
- How do you keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures? How often do you get out and visit college, school, and program campuses and meet with admissions representatives? (The ONLY way to know about the best matches for you is to be out visiting schools regularly—we suggest a minimum of 20 campuses per year.)
- Do you belong to any professional associations? (NACAC and IECA are the only two associations for private educational consultants with established and rigorous standards for membership.)
- Do you attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?
- Do you ever accept any form of compensation from a school, program, or company in exchange for placement or a referral? (They absolutely should not!)
- Are all fees involved stated in writing, up front, indicating exactly what services I will receive for those fees?
- Will you complete the application for admission, re-write my essays or fill out the financial aid forms on my behalf? (No, they should NOT; it is essential that the student be in charge of the process and all materials should be a product of the student’s own, best work.)
- How long have you been in business as an educational consultant?
- What was your background prior to going into educational consulting? What was your training and education?
- Will you use personal connections to get me in to one of my top choices? (The answer should be NO. A consultant doesn’t get you admitted—they help you to demonstrate why you deserve to be admitted.)
- What specialized training do you have (LD, gifted, athletics, arts, etc.)?
- Do you adhere to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA?
One way to ensure that an educational consultant is ethical is to hire an IECA consultant who has been vetted through IECA’s intense application process.
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