The Eleventh-Hour Package

Crunch-time support as your student works to meet the January application deadline.

We meet you via video conference, phone, email and text on your schedule, for maximum efficiency.


The Eleventh-Hour Package includes the following:

  • An initial phone consultation with you and your student to assess where you are in the application process.

  • Development of a detailed path to completion, customized for your student, including key tasks prioritized with specific due dates.

  • 5 working sessions (each 45 minutes to one hour) by video conference to support your student through the process.

  • Continued email and phone support throughout application submission and as needed afterwards.

Cost: $1,300


The application deadline for most colleges is January 1.

Busy high school seniors often plan to complete their applications over the holiday break, but are not aware of the time it will take to assemble the application. Students may have trouble polishing their essay and may not realize that many colleges require or suggest a supplemental essay. They are not always aware that the Common Application is only one of the applications that may be required. They do not anticipate that certain elements of their application will depend on other people such as school counselors and teachers who may not be available on short notice. Little time may have been reserved for the key decisions in this process— the schools to which the application will be submitted.

This is crunch time and your student may need support to achieve the best possible outcome.

The College Spy offers the Eleventh-Hour Package to assist students during this crunch time with completing high quality applications prior to the deadline. Even with little time available, we believe that students who work hard can, with appropriate support, complete strong and convincing applications and submit them to colleges where they will be happy and thrive.

Michelle has an encouraging, can-do attitude and the ability to make others feel less stressed in the face of what might seem like an enormous task. Your student is likely to “catch” this attitude and get to work. We are appreciative of the student who may sometimes be labeled a procrastinator when, in reality, they may simple work better under time pressure. The surge of energy these students feel as deadlines loom, along with our expertise, will yield positive results.

The Eleventh-Hour Package focuses on timely completion of the application and achievement of the best possible outcome for your student.

During the initial phone consultation, we will review which parts of the application process your student has completed and identify the tasks that remain. The five working sessions will be tailored to the individual needs of your student and may include:

  • An overview of the application process, tasks to be completed and priorities, with a focus on deadlines and creating a path to successful and timely completion.

  • Essay writing assistance. We will brainstorm appropriate topics, as necessary, before a student writes a draft. If a topic has already been selected or the essay is already drafted, we will focus on the key elements colleges are looking for, what to avoid, editing and revision. Primary and supplemental essays will be addressed as required.

  • Assistance with completion of the Common Application, Coalition Application and/or college specific applications as required. This may include assistance with developing or revising the activities list, obtaining and submitting recommendation letters and the process for application submission.

  • My professional review of your student’s college list and suggestions of additional colleges, including both “reach” and “safety” schools. If your student has yet to develop a list, we will work together to do so.

Your package comes with continued phone and email support throughout the application season. We understand that many quick questions will come up and you will find it helpful to have an expert available to rapidly answer your questions.


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