An educational consultant is an independent consultant who helps family members/parents/students and organizations with educational planning.

The Higher Education Consultants are focused almost exclusively on the practice of college admissions consulting. Independent Educational Consultants, also known as therapeutic consultants, are more focused on assisting families and students with specialties that include adoption/ attachment challenges, behavior concerns, clinical needs, college admission, day and college prep boarding schools, at-risk student situations, eating disorder needs, and learning disabilities.

Some educational consultants work with both American students and students from other countries who are interested in coming to the United States.

A huge number of educational consultants are based in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.

While some educational consultants are generalists, many specialize in assisting particular kinds of students or particular educational needs.

For example, some consultants focus exclusively on assisting students with college planning and admissions, some on students seeking a private secondary school, and yet others specialize in students who are learning disabled or have behavioral/emotional difficulties.

Other consultants provide advising services for college students seeking admission to graduate school.

Some educational consultants work to assist high schools and other organizations with educational program planning. Fees for consulting services vary widely.

There are consultants that charge an hourly fee, while others offer an “all inclusive” package that may include unlimited hours of service.

Some consultants offer a sliding scale based on family income, or offer pro bono services to low income families and students.

Families considering hiring an educational consultant should carefully assess the qualifications and experience of individual consultants.

Consultants should be clear about their fees, counseling process, educational philosophy, and expectations at the beginning of the relationship.

In the United States, educational consultants are not bound by any particular statutory rules for practitioners. Always ask for references and ask which associations and trainings they have engaged in during their years in practice.