Why an Independent Educational Consultant Might Benefit Your Child

Requirements, expectations, and interactions have changed a great deal since you were a student, and the combination of understanding how important the college admission process is, while not quite knowing how to help your child achieve their goals, can make watching your child apply for school stressful! Here's how an IEC can help.

As the parent of a college-aged child, you have probably heard about, if not already experienced, the stress of today’s “high-stakes” college search environment. And you might be (quite understandably) concerned about how to best help your son or daughter navigate the process successfully. Requirements, expectations, and interactions have changed a great deal since you were a student, and the combination of understanding how important the college admission process is, while not quite knowing how to help your child achieve their goals, can make watching your child apply for school stressful!

If you are feeling nervous about how to support your child as he or she begins the college search, you may want to consider working with an independent educational consultant (IEC). Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the time to devote to helping my child search for a school?
  • Do I have experience with current college admission processes?
  • Can I handle the additional pressure of a college search?
  • Do I agree with my son or daughter’s college choices?
  • Have I visited the schools in which my child is interested?
  • Am I sure that this school is the right fit, and that my child will finish in four years?
  • Do my child’s college choices fit within our family’s budget?

If you answer “No” to two or more of these questions, then working with an IEC may benefit your child.   

Searching for the right college takes time and care. Family obligations, work requirements, and caring for older relatives can sometimes make it impossible to supply your child with the kind of support they need. An IEC can streamline the search process, allowing you and your child to focus your energy and save time. 

Navigating the admission process at every school can be truly headache inducing, but an IEC can answer questions and help your child avoid common mistakes.

Whether you are ready to admit it or not, your child is an individual. He or she may not agree with the list of schools you like, and you may not agree with their favorites. Rather than arguing, an IEC can examine both your child’s criteria and your own, and make suggestions that will help you both to move forward. 

Your IEC will most likely be familiar with the campus and the culture at each school.  They can provide you and your child with an “insider” perspective, allowing you to make an educated choice, even if you are unable to visit a school personally. If money is a concern, they can also guide you toward institutions that will not only be a fit for your child—but also a fit within your budget.

Applying to college should not feel like an insurmountable obstacle.  An independent educational consultant can supply third-party support for helping your child move into the future successfully. 

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

Tags:

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Mataya Mann

Mataya Mann

High School Class of 2022

To say that CollegeXpress is a helpful tool would be an understatement as it is much more than that. Before finding CollegeXpress, all I knew was that I wanted to go to college, it was going to be insanely expensive, and I felt lost. CollegeXpress has given me access to resources such as helpful tips for applications and scholarship [opportunities], and helped guide me in a direction where I feel confident moving forward and pursuing a career. CollegeXpress has helped instill a spark in me that makes me want to continue and supports me in doing so.

Kory Gilbertson

Kory Gilbertson

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has helped me explore my views on college in that "why do I wanna go to a certain school" way. It’s helped me explore the best fits in all of these outstanding choices. All these college admission counselors can access my accolades showing them how I could help their college. This source of information helps me show these admission directors who I am and what I'm interested in. Thanks to this platform, my experience for education will be better than most, and I'm so grateful for all that it has provided for me.

Maya Ingraham

Maya Ingraham

October 2021 Mini Scholarship Winner, Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has given me more confidence in my college process. With easy-to-access resources and guidance such as the CX Weekly Roundup, I have been able to find the best colleges for me. Most importantly, there’s a surplus of scholarship opportunities for every student to support their education.

Keaun Brown

Keaun Brown

$2,000 Community Service Scholarship Winner, 2020

As I transition to furthering my education, I can say with certainty that it simply wouldn’t be possible without the help of generous organizations such as CollegeXpress. Those who initially founded CX had no idea their platform would give a plethora of information to a first-generation homeless kid native to the ghettos of over half a dozen states. Everyone at CX and Carnegie Dartlet gave me a chance at a future when the statistics said I had none. And for that, I thank them.

Maliha

Maliha

High School Class of 2019

My college search began at CollegeXpress. Due to this helpful tool, I was able to gather a lot of information to guide my college planning decisions. Through CollegeXpress, I was also able to apply to several scholarships to help pay for my tuition. I would definitely recommend this website to anyone who wants to explore colleges and get more information from admission experts, counselors, and real students.

College Matches
X

Colleges You May Be Interested In

Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

Charleston Southern University

North Charleston, SC

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR