Free half-hour consultation. If you aren’t sure you need the services of an independent college adviser (also called an independent educational consultant, or IEC), I can meet with you and your family to discuss how I might be of help.
Two Bridges College Consulting offers comprehensive college planning services for students and their families, matching students with colleges that are the best fit for them academically, socially, emotionally, and financially, bringing sanity to the college application process.
Scope of Services for Comprehensive Package
- provide guidance throughout the application process
- assess the student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and academic/extracurricular profile
- enroll the student in CustomCollegePlan, an online college-planning program
- provide access to AchieveWorks assessments of personality, intelligences, learning and productivity, and skills
- help student explore potential careers and majors
- assist in selection of high school academic choices, extracurriculars, and meaningful summer activities
- provide the most current information about colleges
- explain and provide guidance through the college planning process, including discussion of standardized tests, application deadlines, financial aid
- support the student and family through the transition from high school to college
- clarify student’s priorities and requirements for his/her college experience
- help student understand the selection criteria of specific colleges or universities
- research and select appropriate schools to generate a long list of schools with appropriate fit and match
- compile a college list that fits the student academically, socially, emotionally, and financially, with schools ranging from those where the student has a high chance of admission to those that are more selective
- assist the family with planning college visits
- work with the student on main and supplemental application essays, from brainstorming through final drafts
- explain how to navigate the financial aid network
- assess award letters
- assist with wait-list or appeals process, if necessary
- be a sounding board for making “The Decision”
- for students who need accommodations for learning differences or physical restrictions, facilitate communication with college’s office of disability services
The comprehensive package, encompassing all of the services above for $4,500, includes face-to-face (when safe and feasible) or Zoom meetings, extensive consultant research, and unlimited email/phone consultations between meetings. In-person or Zoom sessions typically last 60 to 90 minutes. With the comprehensive package, consultant will remain “on call” for consultation throughout the process and into the student’s first year of college. Typically, a comprehensive package involves a minimum of 30 hours and frequently more than 40 hours. About 80 percent of the time is spent in direct consultation with the student or family and about 20 percent of the time covers consultant research, preparation, and communication. The $4,500 is equal to 30 hours at $150 per hour; families who purchase the comprehensive package will not be charged more than $4,500 even if the work involves more than 30 hours, unless the family requests services beyond those listed above.
Karen can be consulted at $150 per hour, which can be rolled into the comprehensive package if the family so chooses. This option is best for the student who needs help only with the college application essays. The time needed to compose an essay that is ready for submission varies greatly among students; therefore, there is no “essay package.” Be aware that my method leans heavily on discussion and that I never edit students’ papers in isolation; rather, I talk with students about their rhetorical, grammatical, and style choices, encouraging students to make changes based on knowing the impact of their word and punctuation choices.
The list-development package includes assessing the student’s transcript, test scores, extracurricular activities, and interests to develop a list of colleges that fit the student academically, socially, and emotionally. It does not cover the AchieveWorks assessments, but the student can take free personality and interest surveys. The student must be available for multiple meetings of approximately 60 – 90 minutes each.
Consultant will research extensively on her own time to provide an initial list of 14 – 20 schools. She will then teach the student how to research these schools in order to whittle down the list to 7 to 10 schools the student would be happy to attend. Consultant will walk the student through researching three or four schools; the student will research the remaining initial list independently. Student and consultant will meet to discuss the research and to prepare presentation of final choices to family. In the final meeting, student will present the final list of colleges to the family.
The cost of the $2,250 list-development package can be rolled into the comprehensive package if family so chooses.
Just the Basics for Last-Minute Seniors
The cost for this package is $3,750. It includes all of the comprehensive services except AchieveWORKS assessments, discussion of class selections, extracurriculars, and summer activities, and assistance with planning college visits.