The cost of attending college has never been higher. An advisor can help families save thousands of dollarsby educating families about navigating financial aid. A private college advisor or counselor can help students identify possible careers and college majors beforetheir college careers begin, which has been shown to support students' success in graduating a four-year Bachelor's degree program in four years. The ultimate goal of college advising is to help students identify colleges, possible careers, and majors where they will be able to flourish. Part of this process includes providing college preparatory advice about academic courses and activities that will promote students' interests and goals.