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Find the answers to our most common questions here. If you cannot find what you're looking for, or if you still have questions, get in touch with me!


Why work with an independent educational consultant (IEC)?

The college application process has grown increasingly complex. Nuanced issues, the opaqueness of “holistic review,” multiple application deadlines, supplemental essay requirements, and more, must all be managed. 


For example, the standardized test (ACT or SAT) requirement requires thoughtful, school-by-school consideration. Which schools require them, and which won’t consider them at all? For test-optional schools, how do we weigh whether or not to submit a score? 


As an independent educational consultant, Lelaine has the experience, knowledge, and information to offer personalized guidance to her students. Her priority is getting to know her student–their preferences, interests, personalities, and goals. Then, they work together to set attainable expectations, prioritize goals, and submit applications that reflect the student’s best self.

Won’t my student receive college counseling from their high school?

According to the Department of Education, U.S. public high school students receive an average of 38 minutes of personal college advising over four years. By contrast, Lelaine typically spends more than twenty-five hours with comprehensive plan students. Her accessibility and focus on her student’s application goals are unparalleled.

How do we select a qualified independent educational consultant?

Great question! Ask if they are members of professional organizations, such as the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), or the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).


Professional Members of IECA are required to have a master’s degree in counseling or an appropriate field (or similar experience and training), completed an ethics course, counseled scores of students, and visited more than twenty-five colleges each year. In addition, members pledge to adhere to strict ethical professional standards and keep current with continued education through conferences, training, and workshops. HECA and NACAC have similar membership standards and continuing education requirements.


Lelaine is a professional member of IECA, HECA, and NACAC.

Does Lelaine meet students in-person or by video conference?

Both! Lelaine meets students at her office in Winnetka, Illinois, or by video conference. 


Lelaine’s students are scattered throughout the country, from California to Massachusetts and states in-between, and they sit across the table, virtually, to collaborate on the college application process. 


Students who live within driving distance meet with Lelaine in person, as their busy schedules allow. When they are too busy for in-person sessions, they meet by video conference. 


Video conference allows Lelaine to meet students late into the night, especially before application submission deadlines!

Okay, so Lelaine has the credentials and experience. How do we know she is the best fit for our student?

Honestly, there is no short or easy answer to this very important question. There is only one way to find out…. 


Chat with Lelaine, share your concerns, and hear her responses. Also, encourage your student to speak with Lelaine. Only a conversation will help you determine whether Lelaine’s straightforward and receptive approach is the best fit for your student.

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