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Why Work with an Independent Educational Consultant?

Out of all the words you might use to describe the college application process, “easy” is probably not one of them.


Still, you might be wondering if your family really needs the help of an independent educational consultant. After all, it’s just a few essays and forms to fill out, right?


You can absolutely go it alone, and many students around the country and around the world do manage their applications solo. But maybe you can relate to some of the reasons other families have chosen to enlist some support:


  • You feel like you just don’t know what you don’t know. Learning enough about the college process to feel prepared to support your student could be a full-time job by itself.

  • You could use a project manager to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. The application process involves a lot of deadlines and tasks to keep track of, and you already have a long to-do list.

  • You want to enjoy the last few years of having your teenager at home full-time before they start spreading their wings. Sometimes applications can get tense, and you’d like to limit the amount of stressful conversations with your student to the minimum.

  • You’re well aware of the skyrocketing costs of a college education. Instead of crossing your fingers for a scholarship somewhere, you want to be strategic, and encourage your student to apply to colleges that are more likely to offer a good financial aid package based on their academic profile.

Whether you’re looking to save money, save time, or just have one fewer thing to nag your teenager about, the best way to learn more about working with an independent counselor is to meet with one.


You can always book a free, no-pressure consultation with Pioneer Valley College Counseling to meet Melanie and see if college application coaching is right for your family!

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