Make sure that you hire someone who is vetted by an organization like HECA or IECA. Is it fair to hire a college consultant?
As Kelvin Guanghui He (“He” is part of his name) said on LinkedIn:
There is nothing wrong about hiring a college consultant. They are as normal as lawyers, accountants and real estate agents living in every aspect of our life.
It is not cheating when you hire a lawyer to win a lawsuit. It is not illegal when you file a higher tax return with an accountant than you would do for yourself. It is not unfair when you buy a cost effective house with a real estate agent. Those jobs exist to protect the best interests of clients based on the objective facts.
Students should learn to make good use of external resources to achieve best return on investment if they intend to be successful by attending a college.