Should you hire a college consultant? -

Hiring a college consultant?

With college admissions more competitive than ever, many families are turning to college consultants to try to get their kids ahead.

According to the Independent Education Consultants Association, the typical family hiring these folks lives in the suburbs and makes between $75,000 and $100,000.

Fans of college consultants say they can boost the odds of kids getting into not only a good school, but a school that's a good match.

They say that with fewer than half of college freshmen actually graduating from that college, it's a way to ensure you don't lose money on your kid changing schools.

So what do these consultants charge? Well, anywhere from about $60 an hour to several hundred dollars an hour. And some will offer packages, where you pay several thousand dollars for several years' worth of advice and guidance.

Most will do a free consultation, in order to make sure that you're a good fit. Now once you hire a consultant, they'd start by assessing and evaluating your child and try to figure out their interests and strengths.

Then they'd steer you towards certain standardized tests, courses, maybe even extracurricular's to get you into the schools that they think would be a good fit for your child. Some college consultants also offer test prep courses as part of a package.

To find an educational consultant, start with the independent educational consultants association, and by all means, make sure you get references.

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