On occasion, I am asked about the value of college advising services. In my experience with students and their families, the value is piece of mind for parents, increased confidence for students and better college applications and essays.
Additional value is found in improved high school grades, college acceptance success and college scholarships. A common statement by parents and grandparents at the end of our college advising work is that the cost of college advising was "the best money we ever spent".
Some of the value that college advisors provide is easy to see and touch including information the family would not have otherwise considered or even known as they navigated college processes. Another tangible value is having a guide through the process who provides advance information on critical tasks and deadlines. A frequent tangible benefit is getting myths debunked before making decisions based on old or inaccurate data.
In my experience, students who work with a college advisor are less likely to be in conflict with their parents over the college process. Harmony during the last year or so that a student lives at home builds a positive foundation for the new adult relationship parents will have with their young adult sons and daughters. All of these outcomes represent outstanding value for a service that costs a very small percentage of total college costs.