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Taking Action Can Help Your Student

Stress is part of the college experience for many students.  If your college student looks to you for help with general stress, feeling overwhelmed, or dealing with a specific problem, you might suggest that he do just one thing. When your student doesn’t know what to... read more
Campus Safety & Crime Reports that Defy Reality

Campus Safety & Crime Reports that Defy Reality

Despite the requirement to disclose accurate crime statistics and potential fines of $35,000 per report violation, it appears that 30 years after the death of Jeanne Clery colleges and universities continue to struggle to comply with providing accurate crime reports. In fact, this past November the American Association of University Women (AAUW) published an alarming report that concludes that ninety-one percent of the nation’s colleges have told the federal government there were no rapes reported on their campuses in 2014. In contrast to other reports that indicate sexual assault rates of women may reach as high as 21%, AAUW correctly concludes that this analysis of campus reported data “defies reality.”

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Call for Greater Transparency by New York Times

We are frequent advocates of better consumer information for students and their families. As a result we were pleased to read today’s article by fellow parent and New York Times columnist Ron Lieber. His article Concealing the Calculus of Higher Education is a powerful reminder of the difficulty families have in understanding the actual cost of college.

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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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New SAT Scores & PSAT Scores

The Examiner published a useful review of the challenges facing students who have recently completed the PSAT in preparation for the new SAT. Nancy Griesemer’s article is careful to describe the new effort by the College Board “as part of the redesign and... read more

ProPublica – Useful Research Tool & Report “Debt by Degrees”

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows in detail how much federal student loan debt college students by school. Use ProPublica’s interactive database to search among 6,000 schools in the U.S. to see how much they support their poorest students financially. College Parents of America applauds the work of ProPublica to promote greater transparency by colleges and universities.

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7 Tips on How to be a Great College Parent

We like to think of it as College 101 – but really we do more to support college parents then just share articles. We are here to monitor the topics and themes of greatest interest to college students and their families and to help make sure that the investment your family is making in a higher education generates a great return for the life and career choice of your child. Keep these tips in mind and most of all keep a good sense of humor when dealing with your child. It often helps to share the warmth of a smile or laugh that only a supportive parent can give.

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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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