Independent Educational Consultant

  • A professional hired and paid only by students and their parents for personalized advice on the university admission process, financial aid, and career possibilities. An option for student who may not have a school-based counselor or are seeking additional assistance.
  • Independent from high schools and universities; they are not contracted or paid by these institutions.
  • Exposes you to a full range of higher education options so you can identify the universities that meet your academic and personal goals.
How do I find a qualified independent educational consultant? 
The membership associations can help you identify a consultant based on specialty or geographic location. 


Tip: Many Independent Education Consultants belong to professional organizations, such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), or Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)​. Membership requires consultants to demonstrate an advanced level of education and relevant experience, and to strictly adhere to a set of professional standards and ethical principles.

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