FERPA Form

College representatives are prohibited from discussing student information with parents without a FERPA consent form. Each campus may have a unique form or you can use our College Parents of America consent form.

CPA Travel Center

Our Travel Center is designed to save college families money on flights, hotels and car rentals. From admission’s visits to family weekends or special campus events our travel center is a great place to start for all your travel needs.

Academic Year Checklist

Whether your student is a freshmen or a senior it is important to keep track of important dates. Keep your dates organized by downloading the College Parents of America academic year checklist.

Protect Your Investment

College is often one of the largest financial investments a family makes. College is a great investment, but it is not risk free. Protect your student from unexpected financial losses due that may disrupt their education.
What Tuition Insurance Covers

What Tuition Insurance Covers

Many college parents have been asking us about tuition insurance. Tuition insurance is an affordable form of protection that reimburses a college student / family if they are forced to complete a withdrawal from college due to a covered reason. Part of the growing interest relates to new forms of tuition insurance that are now available through Allianz and GradGuard. A.W. Dewar’s has offered tuition refund insurance for 80+ years, but these new providers have entered developed new approaches to helping families protect the nearly $500 billion invested in a college education annually. Typical tuition insurance programs, which only offer tuition refunds when a student withdraws due to illness, injury, psychological conditions or death.

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A Professor’s Note to New College Parents

A Professor’s Note to New College Parents

For many families, summer passes at a leisurely pace. But not for anxious parents preparing for college drop­off. They feel time hurtling toward that dreaded day in August or September when the moment will come to say goodbye. Here is some advice from a veteran professor about how to manage the protective­ parent instinct.” Professor Alexander says that many new college parents struggle with this dilemma: What am I supposed to be to my child now, and how am I supposed to be it? College Parents of America is here to help promote greater college completion with tips, insights and humor.

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My Student Received a 1098-T, Now What?

My Student Received a 1098-T, Now What?

What is a 1098-T Form? The 1098-T Tax form is a form eligible colleges or other post-secondary institutions send to students who in the previous tax year paid “qualified educational expenses”. What are Qualified Education Expenses? Qualified education expenses can...

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Habits Build Student Success

Habits Build Student Success

At College Parents of America, we strive to provide valuable resource information to our members, as well as vigorous advocacy.

While many of my recent columns have centered around some of the key advocacy issues that we are focusing on – to serve you – here in Washington, DC, we also work to benefit you with resource information that hits home wherever you live.

One of those key resource areas involves the question of academic preparation for college, not just what it takes to get in to school, but what it takes to succeed.

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5 Communication Tips for College Parents

5 Communication Tips for College Parents

As high school seniors choose the colleges they’ll attend this fall, many parents are finding that a Relationships 101 course is not only a good idea, it’s required.

 Teresa Cowan, 44, of Detroit took a crash course.

When her son, Cassly Sullen III, left for Prairie View A&M in Texas a year and a half ago, she was excited to see him grow up, but nervous about him leaving home.

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What FERPA Means for You and Your College Student

What FERPA Means for You and Your College Student

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment) was designed to protect the privacy of educational records and to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records.  It also provided control over the release of educational record information.  The original intent of this legislation was to keep elementary and high school records private and to give parents access to their child’s school records.

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Back-To-School: Why It’s Good to Be Hands-Off at the Start of Classes

Back-To-School: Why It’s Good to Be Hands-Off at the Start of Classes

College classes start up again soon—and whether your student is a freshman or senior, it can be a stressful time for both parties due to finances, moving, and new experiences.

You might think that because you’re assisting financially – tuition payments, rent, food, or other expenses – that you have a say in the career path or courses your child chooses. But here’s why you should take a backseat at the start of this new semester:

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What Parents Should Know About AP Classes

If you have a high school student, you may be wondering whether your student should be taking Advanced Placement, or AP courses. Advanced Placement, or AP, courses allow students to participate in college level classes as part of their high school curriculum. Most...

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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