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5 Back to School – Communication Tips for College Parents

5 Back to School – Communication Tips for College Parents

As high school seniors choose the colleges they’ll attend this fall, many parents are finding that a Relationships 101 course is not only a good idea, it’s required.

 Teresa Cowan, 44, of Detroit took a crash course.

When her son, Cassly Sullen III, left for Prairie View A&M in Texas a year and a half ago, she was excited to see him grow up, but nervous about him leaving home.

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Habits Build Student Success

Habits Build Student Success

At College Parents of America, we strive to provide valuable resource information to our members, as well as vigorous advocacy.

While many of my recent columns have centered around some of the key advocacy issues that we are focusing on – to serve you – here in Washington, DC, we also work to benefit you with resource information that hits home wherever you live.

One of those key resource areas involves the question of academic preparation for college, not just what it takes to get in to school, but what it takes to succeed.

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A Professor’s Note to New College Parents

A Professor’s Note to New College Parents

For many families, summer passes at a leisurely pace. But not for anxious parents preparing for college drop­off. They feel time hurtling toward that dreaded day in August or September when the moment will come to say goodbye. Here is some advice from a veteran professor about how to manage the protective­ parent instinct.” Professor Alexander says that many new college parents struggle with this dilemma: What am I supposed to be to my child now, and how am I supposed to be it? College Parents of America is here to help promote greater college completion with tips, insights and humor.

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What Tuition Insurance Covers

What Tuition Insurance Covers

Many college parents have been asking us about tuition insurance. Tuition insurance is an affordable form of protection that reimburses a college student / family if they are forced to complete a withdrawal from college due to a covered reason. Part of the growing interest relates to new forms of tuition insurance that are now available through Allianz and GradGuard. A.W. Dewar’s has offered tuition refund insurance for 80+ years, but these new providers have entered developed new approaches to helping families protect the nearly $500 billion invested in a college education annually. Typical tuition insurance programs, which only offer tuition refunds when a student withdraws due to illness, injury, psychological conditions or death.

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A College Degree and a Dollar Will Get You Four Quarters

A College Degree and a Dollar Will Get You Four Quarters

A Texas prison inmate wrote me recently asking for a free copy of my book after reading about it in a newspaper column on the importance of soft skills in the job hunt. He justified the request with a claim that he achieved a 3.7 GPA in getting his associate’s degree and “acquired a lot of academic knowledge” but was not ready for the workforce when he completes his prison term soon. I hear this comment frequently from college graduates and current students everywhere from community college to the Ivies, and none of them are in jail.

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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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