You have been preparing for years to be able to help finance your student’s education. You’ve probably already discovered some additional costs that you might not have anticipated: application fees, SAT prep courses, and the costs of visiting numerous campuses to find just the right one.
Once your student has been accepted and is about to head off to school, you’ll receive your first tuition bill. The bottom line on the statement may have shocked you, but at least you thought, you knew what was ahead. However, don’t put your checkbook away just yet.read more
Taking an extra year or two to complete a college degree in not out of the ordinary in the US. Actually only 40% of four year college students finish in four years. And 60% finished in six years. According to Nerd Wallet a new study examined how much one or two years...read more
Every two years College Parents of America conducts a survey to identify the needs and interests. Since 1997, our organization has served the unique needs of college parents. Every two years the organization completes a survey of college parents. As a result your participation is important to helping us fulfill our mission is to promote greater student achievement & college completion.read more
While your child may be eager to visit colleges to check out the dorms, the study and athletic facilities, the food and the social atmosphere, what shouldn’t be overlooked is the level of security provided on campus. Most high school students would not rate this as one of their primary concerns when considering which college to attend, which is why it is often up to their parents to ask important questions about the safety of where their children may be spending the next several years.read more
What does the conversion chart say about the new SAT? This past week the CollegeBoard released several tables detailing student’s performance on the new SAT compared to the old SAT. The official conversion tables show that the new SAT has higher scores than expected...read more
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
Many students and families think that it’s far too late to find a college still accepting applications or even one with seats available. This, however, is simply not true. There are multiple colleges that would love to welcome your college student onto campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Don’t Catch Senioritis! It Could Cost You Your College Acceptance NBC News By Elizabeth Chuck provided a useful report for college students and parents worried about a school revoking their admission. The report indicates that even though the “college...read more
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
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