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Eleven Questions to Ask Before Hiring An Educational Consultant

1. Do you guarantee admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships? (If the answer is yes, donât trust them!)


2. How do you keep up with new trends, changes, laws? Do you get out and visit college campuses and meet with admissions representatives?
(The ONLY way to know about the best matches for you is to be out visiting schools regularly)?

3. Do you belong to any professional associations? (NACAC* and IECAº are the two associations for private consultants) Or, are you a Certified Educational Planner?

4. Do you attend professional conferences, training workshops, etc on a regular basis?

5. Do you ever accept compensation from a school in exchange for placement?

6. Do you adhere to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA?

7. Are all fees involved stated in writing, up front, indicating exactly what services I will receive for those fees?

8. 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)

9. How long have you been in business?

10. What was your background prior to going into private counseling? (Helping to get their own child into Princeton is not the answer youâre looking for!)

11. Will you use personal contacts 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)

Ten Warning Signs that A Consultant is Not Worth Hiring 1. They promise to use their Îpullâ to secure admission to a particular school or college. 2. They guarantee a certain dollar value in scholarships that go untapped and are just waiting for you to request the funds 3. They have no formal training, and donât attend workshops or conferences, but they "helped their own child" so they can help yours, too. 4. They havenât joined any professional associations, but expect to, one of these days. 5. They havenât signed on to the IECA ethics pledge, but they would never do anything wrong. 6. They tell you not to worry about all the details on the application forms....theyâll take care of those for you. 7. They tell you that while they accept "finders fees" from certain schools and colleges, they would never let that influence their suggestions. 8. They donât spell out exactly what services you get in exchange for their fee. 9. They indicate that their background, training, and years of experience are unimportant details not worth going into. 10. They don't get out of the office much to visit campuses and meet with admissions officers, but they read school catalogues every chance they get.