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Since 2004, for each of my clients,

  • I develop a personalized overall strategy & guide the student and family through it, step by step
  • I help develop student’s study and life skills.
  • I guide each student to develop personal college goals.
  • I help determine and clarify each family’s college fit priorities.
  • I determine each family’s need based financial aid eligibility & recommend ways to maximize it, when applicable.
  • I provide guidance regarding college funding strategies.
  • I direct a customized college search process.
  • I create testing, personal prep, and application strategies for each student, then guide them through it, step by step.
  • I guide students, ensuring each creates effective college applications.
  • I guide students to craft powerful, evocative application essays.
  • I prepare all required financial aid paperwork.
  • I prepare students for interviews.
  • I walk students through post submission honors college, scholarship, etc. application processes.
  • I provide guidance to each family as they prepare make the final choice of college.
  • I work with each student to prepare for success on campus.

I have been doing this life changing work since 2004 and look forward to the opportunity to assist your family on your journey to college as well.

Schedule A Meeting with Katherine

During your one hour College Readiness Consultation, Katherine will speak with your college bound student about his or her plans and preparations so far. Then she will discuss your financial preparations and the options. There will be time for your questions as well as time to explore our various services. This is a professional consultation. There is a consultation fee which can be paid by check or credit card. Sign up Today!

What People Are Saying


“As our family prepared to send our first child to college, Katherine helped us to unravel the mysteries of college entry. Like any valued professional services provider, she defines duties and timelines for both herself and her client from the outset, making sure that the student, her parents, and Katherine all have a time-sensitive list of action items toward meeting a successful outcome. Our child ended up at a great school and field of study that she feels are made for her. If your family needs a college advisor who is well-informed and who calls it as she sees it, then I recommend you hire Katherine O’Brien.”

Tom Hanson

Tom Hanson

Free Resources

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Top College Planning Tips & Strategies

How to Find Big Scholarships, How Need Based Aid Works, & How to Save 33% on College

Some of the Schools We've Helped Our Clients Get Into

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