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Helping over 40,000 students and their families find and afford their right-fit college.

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Questions? Concerns? Reach out to your local HECA Community Coordinator today!

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Showcase your college and share what sets you apart by hosting a HECA college tour or event.


Meet our national membership and join the discussions that shape the future of our field.


Membership Matters

As members of a volunteer-driven professional association, HECA IECs are committed to ethical practices and access to higher education for all types of students. As a group, they seek to continually develop their knowledge through professional development and college visits. They welcome open communication with college admissions offices and high school counselors.

All independent educational consultants are not equally committed to ethics, education, access, volunteering, and collaborative relationships with colleges and high school counselors. HECA members model all of the behaviors above. We are HECA proud and committed to the betterment of the college counseling industry.


Key Facts About HECA & HECA Members

The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) is the only professional association devoted exclusively to the independent college admissions consulting profession.

To be eligible for HECA membership, prospective members must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, demonstrate recent experience assisting students with college planning, and make a commitment to upholding HECA’s high professional standards.


HECA's Memebership Consists of 1,000+ Educational Consultants

Assisting Families

Assisting more than 40,000 high school seniors with college planning each year

Advising Families

Advising Families in every region of the United States as well as many other countries.

Experienced professionals

Eighty-two percent of HECA members have been independent educational consultants for three years or longer; 55% have more than seven years of educational consulting experience.

Actively seek reliable information on colleges

Seventy-five percent of our members report that they’ve visited 10 or more college campuses in the past year; 32% have visited 20 or more campuses in the past year.

Highly Educated

Eighty-two percent of our members hold a Master’s degree or higher, and 52% have completed or are in the process of completing a post-bachelor’s certificate in college admissions counseling.

Committed to Professional Standards and Ethical Behavior

As a requirement of membership, all HECA members must agree to abide by HECA’s Standards and Ethics for Educational Consultants.


HECA Membership Mailing List For Colleges

The Higher Education Consultants Association provides institutions the opportunity for outreach to our members to provide them with information about institutional programs and events. 

Mailing List Availability

The Membership Contact List is ONLY available to not-for-profit, regionally accredited colleges and universities. If you are not representing a college or university please check our Business Partners benefits.

Mailing List Updates

The Membership Contact List is updated monthly and includes each current member’s name, company, city, state, zip code, country, website, and email address. The Membership Contact List is provided to colleges in Excel format.


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Member College Tours

Sponsor A HECA Member Campus Tour

Let HECA members get a first-hand look at your college by sponsoring a HECA Member Campus Tour.


HECA members are committed to visiting a wide variety of college campuses each year

In fact, 75% of our members report that they toured 10 or more campuses last year; 32% have visited 20 or more college campuses in the last year.

Reach this important target market of educational consultants

Sponsor a tour of your campus for HECA members or let us know about campus visit opportunities for independent consultants.

HECA’s annual Conference also includes tours of nearby campuses.

Every year the conference is held in a different area of the country, and this is a great opportunity to get maximum exposure for your school.

For information on sponsoring a HECA member tour of your campus or to publicize a counselor tour open to independent consultants, please contact us.


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