Our bi-annual research on College Parents consistently finds that paying for college is most often the 2nd largest expense in the life of a family. Next to purchasing a home, paying for college can be a daunting event.read more
We are pleased to share the results of the 2016 biennial survey of college parents. The findings of this report are consistent with our prior the two prior research studies and confirms that “college families are an important source of support for increasing student success and college completion.” The 2016 survey of more than 510 College Parents conducted by College Parents of America through internet channels and subscribers in late June of 2016. We have a high degree of confidence that the survey is directionally correct and will be valuable to colleges and universities as well as other stakeholders interested in increasing rates of college completion.read more
Just mention the words “college admissions,” and the anxiety level for some future college parent households rises as quickly as the spring pollen count outside their front doors.
Part of that anxiety, no doubt, is being driven by a recent spate of high-profile newspaper articles, followed inevitably by their cribbing on television or radio news programs, all of which are collectively making the point that college admission is harder than ever.read more
Early this year, a wonderful article appeared in the New York Times authored by Elisabeth Egan, the books editor at Glamour and the author of the novel “A Window Opens" and this wonderful essay Stop Asking About My Kids College Plans. She shares the experience of a...read more
The concerns of college parents about the well-being and safety of their students has a paramount issue for college families. As a result, we are pleased to recognize and thank the Clery Center for the 30 years of dedicated service to the schools, students and families.read more
College Parents of America suggests three important things for students and their parents to consider in the weeks ahead as they make their final choice.read more
A recent story by National Public Radio brought attention to the enormous value high school counselors provide within our schools and to our students and families.read more
We love to see excellent writing and observations that provide real value to college parents and families. Remember that at College Parents of America we aim to offer helpful tips, insights and some humor to help in this life-transition.read more
FAFSA can equal money for college parents. However it is best if you file early and take care to answer honestly. Those are always topics we aim to discuss in a clear and transparent way for college parents.read more
This is one of our favorite early contributions from an editor of College Parents of America. Enjoy a poem in good humor for college parents and families around the nation.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