Packages and hourly-rate consultations

I offer a comprehensive college advising package for high school and transfer students. I also offer a more limited package that focuses just on developing a well-researched, balanced college list.

Usually packages end up being more cost-effective and satisfying for both students and parents, but sometimes an hour-long consultation is just the right thing. Hourly consultations are available (in bundles of three hours) for well-bounded college advising activities. College list development is not available on an hourly basis.

I have considerable expertise and experience with both financial aid and merit aid. If college affordability will be a factor in your college choice, it is important to bring it into the process from the beginning. Applying for aid is one of the last steps; long before that, you should be learning about college finances and seeking out colleges that are likely to offer an excellent financial fit.

Comprehensive college advising package

This package provides you with comprehensive guidance as you prepare for college and go through the admissions process. This is a flat rate package. Students who begin early can receive up to three years of one-on-one college advising.

  • Reflection and self-assessment to help you understand your goals, interests, values, and challenges.
  • Discuss goals and ideas for summer activities, coursework, and enrichment opportunities during your high school years.
  • Develop a well-researched, balanced list of colleges based on academic, social, and financial fit.
  • Create an application timeline and weekly to-do lists to help you meet early deadlines and stay on track throughout the application process.
  • Map out your required essays, help you brainstorm essay topics, and provide feedback on each of your drafts.
  • Help you plan college visits and prepare for admission interviews.
  • If you are an artist, musician, or athlete, work on portfolios, auditions, and coach contacts.
  • Help with financial aid applications (FAFSA and CSS PROFILE) and professional judgment appeals if needed.
  • Identify scholarship options and provide guidance on scholarship applications.
  • Help families get ready for the transition to college.

College list package

This package includes the personal reflection, brainstorming, research, carefully chosen examples, and feedback and are part of making a strong, well-balanced college list.

I usually meet with students five or six times during the list-making process. As part of our list-making process, you will learn how to research colleges in depth, so you will have a clear understanding of why each college is a fit.

If affordability will be a factor in making college choices, I also meet with parents as needed to discuss financial aid and merit aid possibilities and develop criteria for financial fit.

The final meeting to discuss the list includes the student and parents, and you will leave with a personalized profile of each of the colleges on your list.