Money. Money for college. Those are always topics we aim to discuss in a clear and transparent way for college parents. First, financial aid isn’t always as simple as qualifying according to need–when you file also matters. Also, defrauding the government with regard to financial aid is a terrible idea.read more
We are big fans of Frank Bruni - the long-time contributor to the New York Times and author of Where you Go Is Not Who You'll Be, about the college admissions mania. We reviewed some of the articles that appeared in the New York Times and highlight some of the best...read more
College Parents of America – reminds all college families – not to panic: We agree with the statement “If you work hard and get good grades and test scores, there is very likely a place in the best schools for you.”read more
For current college parents, the twelve days of Christmas don’t end with a partridge and a pear tree.
In fact, the year-end holidays don’t seem to end at all. Increasingly, colleges and universities are scheduling longer and longer periods of time between the last day of fall finals and the first day of spring semester.
Beginning as early as mid-December, those of you who are current college parents began to have your sons and daughters come home for the holidays. And their rooms were probably still waiting to be cleaned from the mess they left at Thanksgiving.read more
One peek in your son’s room confirms that he’s in the midst of the college application process. His floor is littered with school viewbooks, post-it notes obscure his computer screen, and his test score summary has gone AWOL. One thing is certain: if colleges are looking for well-organized students, he’ll be getting mostly thin envelopes. You wonder how he’ll ever pull it all together!read more
As college parents, we have witnessed the influence of our children’s friends. From elementary school to high school many of us have taken steps to encourage certain friendships or even to discourage other friendships.read more
Although we serve all college parents at all stages, many of our most devout readers are parents of freshman in college and, you may be picking up your son or daughter at the airport, train station or appointed car-pooling spot as he or she returns from school for the...read more
How and when parents choose to communicate to their college student is important to consider. So why, then, should you bother to call your college student? A phone call can provide some important qualities that texting cannot. Here are a few things to consider when you are tempted to use texting or e-mail as your only means to stay in touch.read more
We applaud the good work of The College Board to publish meaningful data on college pricing and financial aid. The annual Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid report, illustrates that while the increase in the average published tuition and fees across...read more
As a result, it seems prudent to consider why it is acceptable to place 100% of the burden of a student loan on a student when the school received the financial benefit and would potentially act differently if they shared the risk of student success. College Parents of America welcomes this discussion. It is timely for the United States to consider how we increase the capacity of our citizens to contribute and compete in a global economy.read more
Did you know…?
Only 27% of parents surveyed recall being provided official notice of the school refund policy
79% of parents believe that it is more difficult for today’s parents to save for college than it was for their parents’ generation
More than 30,000 burglaries are reported annually related to college students, including 15,000 residence hall burglaries
When parents are asked of the medical withdrawal refund policy was disclosed, 49% were not sure.
Only 21% of schools surveyed refund 100% for medical withdrawals
Each year, fire departments respond to over 3,800 fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks