I guess I would tell just to be honest? It might come up in conversation at the conference with the adviser, and I want all bases covered as we set son on the path to college. If two adults do the same professional thing for one college, the college might see it as double-dipping?
I really do not know how this works.
WillyNilly, I agree, it does seem off and odd to hire someone to get scholarships. I always thought it was on merit, and we just needed to be diligent in finding the extra money. I have heard of scholarships for family heritage, being left-handed, an Eagle Scout, let alone musicianship and grades and athletics and standardized test scores.
Since DH and I attended large public high schools and never met with our counselor, this is new territory for us.
And no, I am not mad about not knowing about the service, and I am still not sure I would take advantage or it, since money is tight, as usual. Pay money to get money when DS might get money on his own anyway?
I am actually surprised such a service exists, but since this is a private high school, I know there is money for parents to pay for special advantages.
As driven as DS is to succeed, and all the merits he has earned on his own, I do not want another child to obtain the same benefits just because their parents paid for it over their child's lesser work ethic.
But, that may be how the world works. sigh...