Are you looking for free college counseling to help you get through the admissions process? Then you’re probably in the right place because I’m offering free help. This is no joke. I’ll help you without charging you anything or taking a credit card number. And since I have been publishing my blog DIY College Rankings for over 10 years now, I think I have something to offer. But you may have noticed the “probably” part as far as being in the right place.
Yes, there is a catch to the free college counseling. No, you don’t have to prove you are dirt poor nor do you have to demonstrate that you are especially worthy with outstanding grades and activities. I just don’t want you to waste my time. All you have to do is send me an email with some specific information.
Before you send the email, you might be wondering what you get as part of the free college counseling. It really depends on your needs. The first thing I’ll do is send you a list of questions for you to answer so that I have a better idea of your needs and goals. Once I get the answers, we’ll schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss them and how to move forward. After that, we may just be emailing each other back and forth to address issues as they come up. There may be more meetings required. I’m not putting a minimum or maximum on the number of meetings. The idea is for me to use my time as efficiently as possible so that I can help more people without charging them.
So why am I offering free college counseling? Several reasons. The first is because I can. Not for everybody, of course, but I’m in a position where I can share my expertise and I would like people to benefit from it who might not otherwise. The second is that I want to keep up with the different issues people are facing during the admissions process. In other words, I’m looking for a variety of real-world college counseling issues to work on.
If you’re still interested, you need to understand the following rules:
Michelle’s Rules for Free College Counseling
I only have so much time for this so I might not be able to help you personally. In such cases, I’ll let you know and refer you to other resources that might help you out.
Don’t waste my time. If I ask you to read something before a meeting and you don’t, you are wasting my time. If you ask me a question where the answer would show up on the first page of an internet search, you’re wasting my time. You will get two warnings about wasting my time. On the third, I’ll just send an email letting you know that we’re done.
I’m not a financial advisor. I won’t complete the FAFSA or PROFILE for you. I can direct you to resources that can help you completing the form.
I won’t remind you of what I need you to do before we move on to the next step. I will make it clear that I won’t be doing anything else until I hear from you or you have completed the task.
Follow directions. If I ask for something in a specific manner, assume I have a reason for it. If it seems odd, go ahead and ask why, I don’t believe in blind obedience. But don’t use it as an excuse for not having completed something. That counts as wasting my time.
How to Request Free College Counseling
Still interested? Then the next step is to send me an email at [email protected] The subject line should be “Free College Counseling” followed by your last name. In the email provide the information requested below. While I expect to respond sooner, please give me 5 working days to respond. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
- Your name:
- Are you the student or parent/responsible adult?
- Student’s age and grade:
- State residency:
- List a minimum of 3 but no more than 10 colleges you are interested in and why:
- What kind of help do you need for college admissions (the more detail, the better)?