A “Friendship for a Lifetime: My NSCS Experience”

First day. Freshman year. Alone. Nervous. It was like being a baby bird, and then your mother comes home to nest one day and tells you, “Go ahead. Fly.” I stood on the campus of Howard University in a daze. Upperclassmen brushed past me, hurriedly running to class....

Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network

College students are moving in for the new school year, but some parents may not be emotionally ready for it. On August 31, 2011 Vicky Nelson, Editor of College Parents of America, talks to Joy Cardin, Ideas Network on Wisconsin Public Radio about the role of the...

Outsourcing Non-Academic Functions

Everybody is talking about the rising cost of college tuition and the resulting student loan debt that America’s college students are accumulating.  Parents and students are wringing their hands and complaining loudly, while many politicians are placing blame and...

Examining the Merit of Merit Aid

On its surface, merit aid for college is an appealing concept to most parents, especially those who are Moms and Dads of high-achieving students. But questions and objections start to arise with attempts at implementation of merit aid, as colleges try to ensure that...

Time to Think Globally

Back-and-forth between professors and students just isn’t the norm in much of Europe. But John Ferrel didn’t know that when he spent a semester at the University of Burgos in Spain before graduating in May from Boston University. “A couple of times I...

College Fire Safety

Fire safety should be a priority in evaluating accommodations both before and after entering college. Your students should be aware of housing authority safety policies or create their own check list if living off campus: Is there an automatic fire alarm (one that...

Ten Factors in Student Success

College Parents of America operates with a premise that every student wants to succeed.  We also believe that part of your role as a parent is to help your student to succeed frequently as the school year begins, and to aid him or her in attaining a higher level...

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