Counseling & Tutoring Services and Fees
Initial College Consultation: $250 This appointment runs between 90 minutes and 2.5 hours and is strongly recommended for 9th-11th graders and their parent(s). During this first meeting, the student will be provided with a Guidebook to the College Process that includes several glossaries, a to-do list for students in grades 9-11, a timeline for seniors, and specific information related to extracurricular activities, financial aid, scholarships, and standardized tests. Our consultant will walk you through the college admissions process, explaining how and why the choices you make in high school will impact your college opportunities, as well as provide an assessment of your student's materials and college aspirations. Parent and student questions will be answered.
College Counseling: $100/hr
These appointments are recommended for those needing to discuss specific college admissions process issues and application details. Typical topics of discussion include a combination of the following: guidance in selecting 9th-12th grade classes; transcript reviews for 11th & 12th graders; assessment of 11th & 12th graders' ability to realistically gain admission to specific colleges; advice on how to use Naviance effectively; college suggestions/recommendations based on students' scholastic and extracurricular records; aid in finding and applying for scholarships; in-person essay, resume and application assistance and reviews; mock interviews; assistance with financial aid forms - both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
Standardized Test Prep: $100/hr
Test prep is available for the PSAT, SAT, English Literature SAT Subject Test, and the ACT, as well as for the AP English Language & Composition and AP English Literature exams. Test prep appointments are scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the student and Counselor. There are no minimum number of appointments
required. Small group prep classes are offered at a set rate leading up to the March, August, October and November SAT exam dates every year. Visit our Seminars & Workshops page for details about group prep.
Online Essay & Resume Reviews: $75/hr
Using Google docs, our College Counselor is able to proofread and edit students' essays and resumes remotely. This is a particularly popular option for procrastinators, as our Counselor can typically turn around an essay or resume review within a few hours of notification. All changes are made as recommendations to either be accepted or rejected by the student so that the student maintains control of his/her work.
Online Common Application Reviews: $75/hr
In 2017, the Common App made it possible for individual students to invite anyone of their choosing to access their application in the role of "Advisor." This allows our Counselor to check not only for content, but for typos, as well. You'd be surprised to learn how often she finds a student's name and address inputted incorrectly! Please note that Advisors do not have access to individual college's supplements and questions and will not be able to proofread these unless meeting with the student in-person (at the In-Person College Counseling rate).
On Campus College Visits: $50/person
Our Counselor visits 8-12 colleges/universities per year and often takes high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with her. This benefits the student in many ways: the drive provides the student with one-on-one time with the Counselor, students are often introduced to Admissions Reps who will be reading their applications, are invited to sit-in on classes, are given the opportunity to interview, and/or are offered application fee waivers.
Tour with a College Ambassador: $50/family
Independent College Counseling has worked with students in the past who are currently undergrads at a variety of schools and would be happy to meet with you and show you around campus when you're in their area. The advantages to this are many, including hearing the good, the bad and the ugly as these students do NOT work for the Admissions Office. They are at liberty to tell you exactly what you need to know and can show you areas of the campus that may be of particular interest to you and may not be included in the sanctioned campus tour. Typically these meetings last 90 minutes; the $50 fee is paid directly to the college student. This service is currently available at: Boston University, Bryant, Catholic, Clarkson, Fordham, Hofstra, Northeastern, Ohio Wesleyan, Penn State, Purdue, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Tufts, University of Connecticut, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, University of Vermont, and Villanova, Western Connecticut State. If you are heading to any of these schools and would like to avail yourself of this service, please contact us so that we may provide you with the appropriate college student's contact information.
College Essay Writing Workshop: $75/student
Held several times between July and October, this workshop provides students with the do's and don'ts of writing a standout college application essay. During this 2 hour workshop, we identify the purpose of the essay, examine the characteristics of great and not-so-great essays, review the Common App prompts, discuss the perfect opening sentence, and brainstorm individual essay topics. The cost of this workshop includes proofreading and editing of each student's final draft via Google docs.*
Informational Seminars: $40/person
Several times throughout the calendar year, our Consultant hosts seminars related to financial aid and the scholarship search process. These 90 minute presentations offer a wealth of information and are followed by a Q&A period. All participants are provided with materials that include resource lists of all online sources cited and referenced.
College Application Boot Camp: $500
This program is offered repeatedly throughout August. Limited to just four participants, students meet with our counselor for two consecutive days between 10AM-3PM to prepare all materials required for successful college submissions. This includes finalizing their college lists, filling out the Common App (and other applications if time allows), working on Common App essays and additional essay supplements (required by many schools), and creating an academic resume. By the end of our two days together, students typically have 75-90% of their applications completed. This is an especially helpful program for students who like to procrastinate or who know that their senior year will come with academic and extracurricular demands that may not provide them the necessary time to dedicate to fall application work.
Academic Tutoring (K-8): $75/hr
Academic Tutoring (9-12): $100/hr
Our Counselor is available for academic tutoring in all high school English, history and creative writing courses. She also provides tutoring in all subjects for children in grades K-8. Additionally, we can refer students and parents to several tutors who specialize in math, sciences, social sciences and languages. The rates for these tutors may vary.
Secondary School Admissions Assistance: $100/hr
We're available to assist with private independent school searches, applications and all related activities such as preparing for the SSATs and interviews. Students we've worked with in the past have gained admissions to Canterbury, Rumsey Hall, The Gunnery, Chase Collegiate, Westover, Wooster, Northfield Mount Hermon, Trinity Pawling, Williston Northampton, Miss Hall's, and many more.
*In the event the draft submitted does not meet the counselor's criteria for a final draft, the student and parent will be notified and will have the opportunity to purchase additional essay editing services, in which case, additional fees may apply (see Online Essay Reviews above).
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