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College Parents of America is the nation’s only membership organization comprised of current and future college parents. Our mission is to assist families in the successful preparation, transition, adjustment, and completion through college.

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Top 7 – Unexpected Costs of College

Top 7 – Unexpected Costs of College

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.

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2016 Survey of College Parents

2016 Survey of College Parents

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.

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Assessing Campus Security

Assessing Campus Security

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.

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New SAT Conversion Chart Made Simple

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...

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Student Loan Rates Dropping

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...

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Choose Colleges that your Family Can Afford

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...

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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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