Dear fellow parent:
Thank you for your interest in our college advising services. Let me be straight with you:
Our approach to college planning is different than the typical guidance counselor's advice, different than other college advisors, and may in fact be contradictory to what you've heard from them, other parents or read on the Internet.
Our proprietary "P4" system is really a backward approach to creating a college plan, integrating four separate disciplines. We're the only game in town when it comes to this approach - to our knowledge, no public high school guidance counselor, private school advisor or any other college planner addresses the following critical elements in a comprehensive, integrated way.
Plus, we don't bribe, photoshop or take standardized tests for you! (C'mon, I had to say something!)
Here's how we approach advising in four steps:
1. Plan. First, we explore your child's "wiring" and what that translates into in terms of where they can fit into the world AND make a living (i.e. getting off Mom and Dad's payroll. :)
2. Path. Immediately thereafter, we build a strategic and balanced college list that includes schools that are highly reputable across the cluster of best fit majors and careers that we mutually decide to focus on, as well as "best fit" for other, more traditional college planning considerations.
3. Position. The next component is reverse engineering what will resonate with admissions officers, which involves uncovering the unique qualities of each child to position them to stand from thousands of competitor-applicants. This includes resume-building, essay writing, test prep and tutoring, visits, interviews, and more.
4. Produce. The last step involves scholarships, financial aid advice and forms preparation, and creative funding strategies that frequently involve tax-related advice for high earning business owners. We are experts at negotiating scholarship and financial aid awards, also.
The customary charge for a College Strategy Session is $499, but you can book one - gratis - if you do so within 72 hours of attending one of our presentations.
College Advising Fees and your Return on Investment.
I won't beat around the bush, we're not an el-cheapo operation. But the investment to work with us is commensurate with the value we provide in terms of scholarships and financial aid we're able to help clients obtain...
...not to mention clarity about which colleges to apply to, what to write on essays and applications, which courses and extracurricular activities to pursue, college visits and interviews, holding your child accountable through the entire process so you don't have to scream at them and similar concerns and more...
...which ALL equates to a huge reduction of uncertainty and stress that, frankly, is impossible to quantify.
Andy takes on 24 select students per graduation class and his capacity fills up earlier each year.
Current college advisory fees start at $2,500 for financial aid consulting and applications preparation, and can be more than $20,000 (subject to change, without notice). The range depends on when families start to work with us, whether enrolled in our comprehensive college advisory program (above), if they work with Andy privately or one of our junior college planners (supervised by Andy) and other factors.
Lockwood College Prep also offers standalone SAT and ACT prep.
NOTE: because we are a 'boutique" firm with limited capacity to work 1-on-1 with families, we are extremely choosy about whom we work with. If we sense, in an initial College Strategy Session phone call that a child or parent will not be a good fit (e.g. easy to work with), we will politely inform them so and conclude the call, no hassles or hard feelings.
However, if we mutually decide that it's appropriate to discuss these details on your call, you'll get everything you need - including pricing, deliverables and MUTUAL expectations - to make a decision about working with us.