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Pricey summer pre-college programs won't get your kid into a better school

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"Johns Hopkins insists its summer studies courses 'will enhance your college application and add distinction to your educational preparation.'

The cost to families? Anywhere from $2,000 for a week to $20,000 for a summer-long course, according to Christopher Rim, founder of Command Education, a college consultancy in New York City. A school can earn around $4 million to $5 million in tuition revenue in a single summer, Rim estimates.

But the advantages conferred to students might not be worth the hefty price tag, unless they are genuinely interested in a particular course of study, experts say.

'They are a type of summer camp for kids. Your kid is somewhat supervised and is not running wild all summer — they are doing something academic,' said Brendan Mernin, founding tutor and senior director of test prep company Noodle Pros." ...

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