Paid vs Free Overseas Education Consultants

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 9, 2022 14:43 IST

Paid vs Free Overseas Education Consultants

It is one of the toughest decisions to go and study abroad. Further, it is even tougher to choose the correct country and the university where you should apply and then go there to pursue higher studies. Selecting the right college and country that suits your profile and your goals is a daunting task. Your friends and family members can help you out with it, but they might not be able to help you with the complete application process, as they might not have the expertise for it. Maybe any of your relative who is studying overseas or your college senior can help you out but that does not necessarily mean you will get professional guidance!

While going to study abroad it is always wise to go for a reputed professional agency who holds immense experience in this domain. They will provide you with correct guidance, which holds maximum importance. This can be a life changing decision for you, so, it is always advisable to opt for a consulting agency who is not only established but also has a positive image in the industry. This decision is going to have a huge impact on your career.

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In this article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Paid and Free Overseas Education Consultants, so that you can take a prudent decision while selecting an overseas education consultant.

Advantages of Free Consultants

  • With free consultants chances of getting admission is always higher. In most of the cases, the admission is almost guaranteed.
  • As free consultants have tied up with the universities, admit can come sooner, so, you do not have to wait longer for receiving the good news.
  • Although they provide application services for free, they don’t cater to too many students, therefore, consultants themselves take regular follow-ups from students.
  • While applying through free consultants, if you are applying to the universities that have a tie-up with the consultants your application gets prioritized.
  • By applying through free consultants, students can get application fee waivers if they apply to the universities which have a tie-up with the consultants.
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Disadvantages of Free Consultants

  • Majorly top-ranked universities are missing, so, students have the option of applying to relatively average or at times below average universities.
  • Generally, free consultants offer only a limited number of universities, so, students apply only to a targeted set of universities.
  • University shortlisting on the basis of profile might not be very accurate or apt.

Advantages of Paid Consultants

  • Although admission is not guaranteed, the applicant gets the chance to apply to Tier one and Tier two universities.
  • If you are not satisfied with the services, you can terminate the contract whenever you want.
  • Services such as essay writing, SoP writing, etc. are taken very seriously and as per the requirement of the university. This provides an extra edge to your application.
  • Those students who have a strong profile should go for paid consultants as profile plays a significant role while applying through paid consultants.   

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Disadvantages of Paid Consultants

  • Generally, paid consultants are not able to have regular follow-ups with students because of the high number of students they are serving. As the number of applicants is more, paid consultants get less time to interact with the students individually, thus there are not able to dedicated ample amount of time to each student.
  • As with paid consultants, one can apply to a wide number of universities, thus admissions are not guaranteed.

After analyzing all these factors, one thing is clear that whether free or paid, with consultants you are going to get professional guidance, which will prove to be fruitful while you decide to apply to various universities abroad. So, now you have a clear idea of whom to consult while going to apply for studying abroad.

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About the Author
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio



ismat khan

a year ago

hey how can I register for free counsecling Service

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Ismat, you can register with us through below link:

I have registered for counseling service yet nobody has contacted me till now. How long will it take for you to follow up on counseling queries?

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Rosy Veronica

2 years ago

I have been calling your consultancy from so many days. Not one person is responsible or responsive. I have already registered too and it says I have been marked as inactive I don’t understand this. I just came to shiksha as it is reputed organisation but this is not what I expected at all.

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

I want to apply masters in canada.I need a consultant. I have an ielts score of 7

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

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rahul mahajan

2 years ago

I wanna apply for master s in europe . I need right n honest Consultant .

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2 years ago

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