Believe it or not, there is an organization that charges as much as $6,500 for its college admissions assistance. No, the decimal point is not in the wrong place. And, no, this is not a joke; or at least not a joke that is funny.
The $6,500 service is recommended (by the organization offering it) for, among others, students with learning disabilities.
If you are tempted to use the organization in question to help you identify universities and colleges with comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities
just click on the phrase in blue just above this. You’ll never again save $6,500 so quickly or easily.
Other levels of service are offered by the same organization at lower fees. But, the questions are, what kind of hysteria would lead people to pay $6,500 for help in the college admissions process, what do they think the results of such help will be, and what kind of people have the nerve to accept such a fee for providing the service in question?
Draw your own conclusions.
Please note that the above is not a condemnation of all independent educational counselors. In fact, many members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and other independent counselors provide valuable assistance to families who need help in selecting and gaining admission to appropriate independent boarding schools (prep schools), colleges, and special needs schools/programs.
Most people, however, can identify good educational options, and navigate through the admissions process, by doing a little reading and research on the web and in appropriate publications. In fact, we can recommend a great blog on college admission and related subjects to get you started :). How’s that for setting a new standard in shameless promotion?
If getting professional help makes sense to you, by all means, go forward. But, don’t leave your consumer skills behind. Do some comparison shopping. Ask lots of questions. Get a good sense of the specific services you are buying and the expected results. And remember that the man or woman who coined the phrase, “You get what you pay for” may very well have been selling an overpriced product or service.