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College Parents of America is the nation’s only membership organization comprised of current and future college parents. Our mission is to assist families in the successful preparation, transition, adjustment, and completion through college.

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Student Loan Rates Dropping

This graduation season, Seniors are not the only ones getting gifts! Interest rates for all three student loans operated by the Federal government will drop to the lowest they’ve been in a decade thanks to the Treasury Department’s recent auction of 10 – year... read more

Choose Colleges that your Family Can Afford

A report by published by the Gates Foundation highlights the importance of choosing an affordable path to complete college. Stretch schools are not just schools that are difficult to get into – Stretch schools are also those that may be difficult to afford.   We... read more

Negotiating the difficult discussion on which college to choose

April is such a key month for collegebound families, in no small part because final family decisions on a college are on deadline. By now, your student has acceptance letters in hand. But maybe this spring brought your student a towering stack of acceptance letters to consider. In such a case, how do you discuss collegiate opportunity with your student? And how do you, along with your college student, weight the reality of college finances in choosing a school?

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Three Factors to Look at When Picking the Right College

The time and effort parents spend assisting their students is valuable. We remind parents to avoid “over-paying” for a college education and recognize that the financial value of a degree is largely depends upon major more than the source of a degree. A college degree is not just about financial results, as the Labor Statistics in chart below illustrate, a higher education not only increase earning potential but also leads to increased employment levels.

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What Parents Should Know About AP Classes

If you have a high school student, you may be wondering whether your student should be taking Advanced Placement, or AP courses. Advanced Placement, or AP, courses allow students to participate in college level classes as part of their high school curriculum. Most... read more

Did you know…?

27%

Only 27% of parents surveyed recall being provided official notice of the school refund policy

79%

79% of parents believe that it is more difficult for today’s parents to save for college than it was for their parents’ generation

30,000

More than 30,000 burglaries are reported annually related to college students, including 15,000 residence hall burglaries

49%

When parents are asked of the medical withdrawal refund policy was disclosed, 49% were not sure.

21%

Only 21% of schools surveyed refund 100% for medical withdrawals

3,800

Each year, fire departments respond to over 3,800 fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks

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