Do Consultants Ease Financial Aid Angst?
Just when it seemed the college advising landscape couldn't get more crowded, a new type of counselor is clamoring for the attention—and money—of harried parents and high school students. The certified college planner, also known as a financial aid consultant, is the latest addition to the growing laundry list (SAT tutors, college advisers, and admissions experts) many families turn to in the pre-college years. And as with much of the advising industry that has grown up around admissions angst, there's debate over whether these consultants are worth it.
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