Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do students usually begin working with College Starpoint?
The work with College Starpoint can start at any point during the student’s high school career. Hourly packages can be utilized as early as 8th and 9th grade, and as late as the senior year. However, we encourage early engagement to ensure consultant availability. Most students and parents begin working with College Starpoint at some point in the middle of high school, usually in the sophomore year of the fall of the junior year.
Q: I just want a one-time consultation. Do you offer hourly meetings?
Yes, we do offer individual meetings as well as longer term packages. Scheduling an individual consultation is quick and easy through the Book Online tab.
Q: I see that you offer webinars. What do those entail?
A webinar is a 1 hour previously recorded meeting with our principal consultant, Anya Ilkys. You can expect a 60-90 minute presentation. You can review a list of topics on the Services page, and purchase a webinar on the Plans and Pricing page. Once you make your purchase, please email email@example.com with the name of the topic you'd like to receive and we will provide you with online access.
Q: I know I will need multiple consultations. Do I need to buy a package?
No, you do not have to buy a package if you don’t want to. However, if you know that you will need at least 4 or 5 consultations, it makes more sense financially to buy a package because your cost per hour will be less than buying individual consultations each time.
Q: If I buy a package, how often will we meet?
Our approach, including meeting times, frequency, and hours spent together, is customized to each family. Some families want us to be very involved every step of the way, and we meet with them multiple times a week. Other families are more independent, and need to meet with us just once every few weeks for check-ins or to address any outstanding/difficult questions.
Generally, 9th and 10th grade students meet with Anya Ilkys 4 times per academic year (twice in the fall semester and twice in the spring). In 11th grade, we meeting with students once a month in the fall semester, and then once every 2-3 weeks in the spring and over the summer before senior year. In 12th grade, the frequency of meetings is totally dependent on the student's needs. On average, a junior student looking for comprehensive help with college admissions will use between 15 and 20 consultations from September of junior year to October of senior year.
However, please always keep in mind that how and when you decide to use the hours that you buy is totally up to you, and that’s one of the main distinctive factors of College Starpoint. You will never be pressured to sign up for a “program” or any other pre-scheduled plan.
Q: Do you fill up?
Yes, we do. While we try and accommodate students and families at least through individual consultations, we typically have a cap on how many students with long-term commitments we can accommodate each year. This especially applies to juniors and seniors, as those two years are the most time and labor intensive.
Q: I am an international student. Can you help me?
Yes! We frequently work with international students and families. We help with everything: from selecting colleges to going through the admission process and gathering all the necessary immigration paperwork. We will act as your “feet on the ground” and will help coordinate everything while you are afar. Once you make your way to the United States, we can help you get acclimated and answer any questions you may have about the school or the American culture. All consultations can be held in Russian or in English languages.
Q: Where are the meetings held?
All meetings are held virtually online through Zoom.
Q: What is your refund policy?
College Starpoint will not refund fees paid for work that has already been completed.
If you need to reschedule or cancel a meeting, please do so in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org AT LEAST 24 hours in advance to receive a new date/time or a full refund.
Q: Is what you do any different from what a guidance counselor would do?
Most of us are aware how large school counselor caseloads are, and how often their responsibilities pull them in many different directions, including behavioral and mental health issues. In fact, an average student to counselor ratio at a public school is 1:500. College coaching is typically a small part of the guidance counselor's responsibility. We are fortunate to work with far fewer students and to be able to provide a tailored approach to each individual family. In addition, we offer financial aid coaching for parents, which does not fall under high school counselor purview.
Do you provide SAT/ACT tutoring?
If you need SAT/ACT tutoring, please let us know and we will discuss your options.