FAQs

What is an Independent Educational Consultant?


Independent Educational Consultants can provide a student and family with individual attention, firsthand knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities, and the time to explore all of the options. With their extensive knowledge of schools and colleges, independent consultants can broaden the potential choices, and provide vital help in weighing factors such as cost, location and curriculum. With an IEC, your student has the opportunity to explore a wider variety of options and discuss possibilities in a meaningful way. Because they are not tied to any specific school or college, IECA member consultants are not burdened with unrelated duties, and are available at the family’s convenience-not just during school hours during the school year. All IECA members subscribe to the Principles of Good Practice and are required to annually sign and follow the principles as part of their Association membership in good standing.




Why would a family work with an IEC?


With over 4,000 different colleges and universities in the United States, finding the school that is the “best fit” for you and your children can be difficult and time-consuming, even for the most motivated students. With their comprehensive knowledge of colleges and universities, and their commitment to providing individual attention, Independent Educational Consultants can help you and your family navigate the ever-changing world of college admissions.




When is a good time to start working with an IEC?


The best time to start working with an IEC is when the student is ready. Some students may be ready as early as freshman year and others not until their senior year. The vast majority of students start working with an IEC during their junior year.




Can you guarantee admission?


We do not guarantee admittance to a particular college or accept compensation from colleges or third parties. We do not write student essays, complete application forms or write the school counselor letter. But we do provide students with the expertise needed to navigate the college search and application process successfully.




Where do you meet with students?


We meet with students at a mutually agreed upon location convenient to both students and IEC and/or virtually via Zoom or Skype.




How many meetings do you have with students?


The number of meetings depends on the specific package contracted and will typically consist of a combination of in person and virtual meetings.




Are parents required to attend all meetings with the student and counselor?


While parents are encouraged to be involved, we do not require attendance at all meetings.




Should I work with an IEC if my child is not in the top 10% of his/her class or looking at highly selective schools?


We believe all college bound students should be encouraged to engage in thoughtful college research. Every student needs to find the “right fit” academically, socially and financially to encourage growth and future success. We welcome all students interested in pursuing higher education.




How do we get started?


The first consultation is always free. Please contact us directly at hello@steelestreetcollegeconsulting.com or through the "Get Started" button at the top of our website. We look forward to meeting you.





"From our very first meeting with Steele Street College Consulting, we knew there was a strategy in place to help our daughter navigate the college admissions process. Patience, kindness and gentle inquiry helped her figure out which tests to take, narrow down her choices and set priorities during her junior year. Then, during her senior year, SSCC helped her stay on track and meet deadlines with their structured framework, supportive software and in-person meetings. Our daughter got into the college of her dreams with the help of Shondra and her team!"

Robin C.
Parent of Student Attending American University