May 1st is the deadline for college decisions and therefore the stress is growing across the nation as students determine with some helpful guidance of their parents the right college for them to choose.read more
The college visit is an important part of the college admissions process, but parents may not be sure how best to participate in and maximize that visit. This article suggests some things parents should think about as they prepare for and make the college visit.
According to VisitDays, about a quarter of campus visits by prospective students occur in April. So now is the time to consider how to make the most of your visit and how best to use your time on campus.
Valentines Day is here again. So there may not be a better time than to discuss sex in college. College sex is a real issue but how do we know what is actually happening? College Parents of America went out to find the truth beyond the headlines. The recent book...read more
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
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