Frequently Asked Questions
 
How would an independent educational consultant benefit me if I receive guidance from my school?

Each school counselor may be responsible for 400 or more students each year. Scheduling and enrollment demands may limit the amount of time they have to discuss your college options. College admission has become an involved and competitive process. You may want more individually focused time than your school counselor can provide. In addition, meetings can be scheduled to fit your and your parents schedules. We routinely schedule meetings in the afternoon and evening after school , on school holidays and on the weekends.  At College Consultants of South Carolina, my only focus is college counseling. My goal is to complement the services you receive from your school so that you can find the schools that best fit for you and have the time that you need to use an expert at every step in the process.

We don't live in the Columbia area. Can you provide services to us?

Our out-of-town clients typically schedule a regular telephone call or a web-based video conference using Skype. I have found that regular teleconferences or video conferences work just as well as face-to-face meetings.   Feedback on application essays can always be exchanged via email.

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What special services do you offer your clients?

I handle all aspects of the college search and application process. I offer a series of  career interest and personality assessments to ensure that students have a career focus as they enter the college search process.  For individuals who are required to submit application essays, I read all essays and provide feedback within 24 hours of when I receive a student draft.  For students who will have admission and/or scholarship interviews, I also provide practice and coaching sessions.  In addition, when students seek SAT or ACT tutoring, I provide resources to help them improve their test scores, starting with an SAT/ACT Diagnostic assessment..

Is this service only for high-achieving students who desire the most competitive colleges?

I work with students who have a wide range of test scores, GPAs and extracurricular involvement. I have experience assisting students in choosing colleges at all levels of competitiveness. My goal is to help you find the colleges that fit for your needs and goals.

Are students seen individually or in groups?

Our college planning sessions are intended for individual students and their families. We believe that each student should have our undivided attention when we meet. I typuically meet individually with students through the collge planing process.  Throughout the year I also schedule a number of college planning workshops for small groups of students and parents who may want  information or skill building without committing to individual working sessions.

When do you schedule your appointments?

I typically schedule appintments after school and on the weekends. I try to work around school schedules as much as possible.

With all the information available to students today, canít we just do this ourselves?

Absolutely. Keep in mind that time becomes very limited and the learning curve is very steep. My goal is to  reduce the stress families and students experience during the college search and application process so that the entire process easier on students and parents.  College admsissions is changing and becoming more complex and stressful. My role is to simplify the process and reduce the amount of stress.

When should a student start the college planning process?

This process can start when you begin high school. The competitive nature of college admissions rewards those who begin planning early. Your courses and academic record starting in the ninth grade affect your college options as a senior. Start thinking about colleges as a freshman and become more focused as you move through your sophomore and junior years.  The earlier you are able to start working with me, the greater your success at finding the colleges that fit for your unique needs.

Do you try to influence decisions of college admissions staff?

No. That is both unprofessional as well as unethical. Our contact is with you and your family.

Do you complete financial aid applications?

I am happy to assist our clients in working with their FAFSA and if required, the CSS profile. Financial fit is a very important aspect of finding the right college and is an important aspect of my practice. This is automatically included in all comprehensive service packages and I can assist other clients on an hourly fee basis.

What can you do to help me qualify for South Carolinaís Lottery Assistance Scholarships?

The HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows Scholarships are tied to certain GPAs and/or college admission test scores. Through our meetings, you will receive regular feedback on where you stand and what academic standard you need to either maintain or attain scholarship eligibility. We will use the sophomore and junior PSAT and sophomore PLAN scores as well as results from our SAT/ACT Diagnostic Assessment as feedback to develop strategies for the SAT and/or ACT. 

Our proprietary GPA Goal Setter© software can be used to help you set GPA goals and monitor your progress toward them.  It is automatically included in all comprehensive service packages and is also available through this website for a nominal yearly fee.   See our Products page for more information on this powerful tool.

I am home schooled. How would your services benefit me?

To begin with, we can ensure that your cirriculum meets or exceeds college admission requirements. As with all our clients,  we will assist you in setting and attaining your college admission goals while providing important support and professional guidance as you move toward at every step along the way. As a homeschooler, it is very important to document your subject mastery through SAT II or AP tests when available. We will ensure that you are on target for taking these at the optimum time.

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-Danielle Wilson, Student

College Consultants of South Carolina, LLC

Main: 803.551.0097
Toll free: 888.551.0097
Fax: 803.772.0903
joverton@collegeconsultantsc.com
1345 Garner Lane, Suite 101-A
Columbia, SC 29210

Higher education advisers providing insight on scholarships, financial aid, and college prep.
1345 Garner Lane Suite 101-A
Columbia
SC
29206
USA
8035130174