Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions that families have as they take on this exciting process. Here are some that we hear often about searching, applying and paying for college as well as about our services.


Why do students work with college consultants?

Consider the many different experts a family hires:  you hire a real estate agent when selling your home; you hire an accountant to help you complete your taxes; you hire an attorney to prepare legal documents. So when faced with your child’s education, the question becomes “With a complicated process and a major investment, why NOT hire an expert in the college admissions and financial aid process?” Although there is a lot of information in guidebooks and on college websites, Campus Bound counselors provide a highly personalized experience for your child and your family.

Who are Campus Bound’s college counselors?

The counselors at Campus Bound have a variety of backgrounds including college admissions, high school counseling, and financial aid. We also have essay specialists who are experienced as college admissions readers or English teachers. While many high school counselors maintain a caseload in excess of 350 students, Campus Bound counselors have a caseload of 5 – 20 students, allowing them to give each student the personal attention everyone deserves.

What if we only need certain services?

Campus Bound has a variety of packages available and can customize services to fit your needs.

How should I start the college search process?

It feels overwhelming at first; don’t be alarmed! Perhaps the best way to begin is to consider what is important to you in your college search process. Examples are academic majors/areas of interest,  social atmosphere, location, cost, and size. At Campus Bound, our counselors help you identify your considerations and goals. After determining what’s important to you, counselors offer guidance on how to align your high school efforts and college search.

When is the best time to begin the college search?

The best type of plan is one that doesn’t feel rushed or overwhelming, and is in consideration of life’s other demands. Some families will look to Campus Bound for advice on course and activity selection starting freshman year, but the college search should start in earnest toward the end of the sophomore year and throughout the junior year. At Campus Bound, we believe in taking an individualized yet methodical approach to the college search and application process.

How will Campus Bound help me stand out in the application process?

Campus Bound counselors help students showcase their personalities and highlight their strengths through their resumes, essays, recommendations, and supplementary materials. Campus Bound counselors work together behind the scenes to share knowledge about application review procedures at different colleges to better understand the changing landscape of college admissions.

What makes a good essay transform into an outstanding essay?

Students often believe that the college essay is the most difficult part of the application process. Feeling as though you have to be incredibly personal or profound can make the writing process itself feel daunting. At Campus Bound, we work with you from the first brainstorming idea to the final period. Your essay should be personal to you and focus on you throughout. That’s what makes an essay outstanding — the fact that it is unique to you and shares your voice with the reader. The relief and confidence you feel when you submit a great essay is irreplaceable!

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

There is no specific income level that indicates whether a family is eligible for need-based aid and many colleges do not provide specific details about criteria for merit scholarships. Campus Bound can assess your eligibility (at no charge), and help you understand how you can maximize your need-based or merit aid opportunities.

If I am concerned about the cost of college, should I only apply to state schools?

Due to the complexity of the financial aid system and the increasing use of merit aid to attract desirable students, private college cost may end up being close to or less than public colleges. Campus Bound will help you to explore the possibilities. In the end, you might be surprised!

Will applying for financial aid hurt my child’s chances for acceptance?

At schools that are “need-aware” the students who need significant financial aid AND are borderline for admission may find their chances of admission negatively impacted by their financial need. There is also a chance that a school might accept a student but provide an unappealing aid package. Generally speaking, the mere act of applying does not usually affect a student’s chances for admission.

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