Benefits of Membership

The Higher Education Consultants Association is the only professional organization focused exclusively on the practice of independent college admissions consulting. We understand what it takes to build and manage a successful consulting practice.

When You Join HECA, You’ll Enjoy the Benefits of:

Affiliation with a respected professional organization.
You’ll join an organization that has served the professional needs of college admissions consultants since 1997. Membership in HECA lets prospective clients know that you’re serious about providing quality, professional service. HECA is also well-respected by college admissions officers who recognize our demanding membership requirements, ethical standards, and expectations for our members.

Professional Development Opportunities.
Your clients expect you to be knowledgeable about the latest trends in college options, college admissions, and financial aid. HECA members have access to a wealth of professional development and networking opportunities, including HECA conferences and the resources of our members-only database of consulting tools. More Info…

A Supportive Professional Network. HECA is a friendly, highly-inclusive organization, welcoming both long-time pros and newer consultants as part of our membership family. Since we are a member-run organization, our members truly are the “Heart of HECA” and the relationships built at HECA conferences, through our member Listserv, and other HECA programs provide a remarkable support network for our members. Whether you’ve been a member for years, or have just joined, you’ll always be warmly welcomed at HECA.

Tools to help you manage your business.
Successful consultants are always on the lookout for ways to market their business and keep operating costs under control. HECA helps our members succeed by offering marketing tools and membership discounts, along with extensive online resources to help you in your work with students. More Info…

Ethical and Professional Standards You Can Be Proud Of.
Our members are dedicated to the needs and dreams of students as they make the exciting – and sometimes scary – journey from high school to college. We’re proud of the work we do, and honored to play a small role in the success of the more than 12,000 college-bound high school seniors served by HECA members each year. The heart of our organizational mission lies in our commitment to upholding HECA’s ethical and professional standards for the practice of college admissions consulting. HECA members promise to incorporate four core values into their practices: sound advice, integrity, respect, and confidentiality. These core values not only set our organization apart; They tell students and parents that you are a true professional, and set you apart from the competition.

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