Before College, Costly Advice Just on Getting In – NYTimes.com

Shannon Duff, the independent college counselor… says she ordinarily charges families “in the range of” $15,000 for guidance about the application process.
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While the going national rate for such work is about $185 an hour, a counselor in Vermont and another in New York City are among those who charge some families more than $40,000. Their packages might begin when a child is in eighth grade.

Someone please tell me this isn’t real.
Before College, Costly Advice Just on Getting In – NYTimes.com