Balancing fun and finances is never easy, especially in college. During these memorable years, students should balance their education and social lives.So, what exactly is the best way to ensure you’re setting yourself up for a healthy financial future during and after school? For the most success in developing great spending habits and making intelligent […]
College Waitlist: Should Your Student Just Wait?
The college application process is a stressful time for both students and their parents: college visits, narrowing down the choices, SAT or ACT exams, applications, essays, recommendations, and then – finally – your child finds that she has been put on the waiting list for her first choice college. Yes, it may be discouraging, but all may not be lost. There are some things that your “almost” college student should – an
What College Students Need For A Car
The time has finally come for your baby to make the big leap from your nest into the vast world of college. Books, classes, meal plans, and living arrangements can add up quickly along with the fact that your student still must have a dependable means of transportation. Determining how your child will get around […]
Gearing Up For The Road Ahead
Gearing Up for the Road Ahead As you take steps towards college, work, consider what you value and design a process with few steps on how to get there. It is best to be ready for failures, for rejections, and to keep moving forward. In order to find the programs that will benefit you and […]
Thirty percent of freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year
William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, are the authors of “The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives and report in their New York Times article that "thirty percent of freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year, and the wheels can start to fall off as early as Thanksgiving." They suggest that what your college student needs most is practice running his or her own life — and college is a risky place to do that for the first time."
FAFSA Tips – Cashing In On College Aid
For parents of high school seniors or college students, Thanksgiving is a good time to complete the FAFSA. This free online government form unlocks a world of financial aid alternatives for your college student and family.
Washington Post – 7 Real Life Skills to Develop Prior to College
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.
Tips & Insights for Hacking College Admissions
This is the time of year when college families are looking for tips and insights into the college admissions process. Over the year's we have published lists of suggestions but one of the best sources to gain some quick tips and insights to the admissions process is from the founder of Princeton Review and Tutor.com - John Katzman.
5 Questions Every Parent, Student Should Ask About Campus Safety
College families and their students are wise to consider some practical questions about campus safety.
Tips for Parents – Smartphone Monitoring
Talking With Your Teen About Smartphone Monitoring. Before we restrict social media or take away a child’s smartphone, we need to consider the positives gained by their profiles and online presence. By teaching our sons and daughters to use their presence responsibly, social media might be the key for setting our kids apart from the pack. One way we can help our kids achieve this is by using smartphone monitoring. Listed below are 6 essential tips for talking to a teen about smartphone monitoring.
Prepare Your Child for a Job-Producing College Experience
A parent of a college sophomore is starting a support group called "No Basement- Dwelling Grads." Having seen his friends find their empty nests refilled by children who do "well" in college but are unable to get jobs, he doesn't want it to happen to him. Studies show that about 60% of college graduates move back home.