College Tips

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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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How to Develop Good Spending Habits in College

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 […]
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Preparing For Freshman Year at College

Have you just graduated from high school? Have you received an acceptance letter from a college or university? Have you already committed or are you considering committing to a school? We have a list of things you should get started on over the summer in order to be fully prepared for your upcoming year as […]
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The Top 3 Most Powerful Consequences of Immersive Learning: How We Can Re-Route Our Students’ Professional Pathways

By Anna Fitzgibbon Are we doing it backward? It’s interesting- we expect our students to choose majors, professional pathways and career fields before they take a full inventory of what exists, what they love and how they could find their place within an existing model. If we want our students to potentially change industries, create […]
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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
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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."
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How To Ensure Your College Student Eats Well

Every parent wants the best for their kid, and eating well is a huge part of that. Eating the right foods will help your college student be more healthy, have more energy, and spend less. This will help them do better on their tests, save more money, and feel happier as a result. But you […]
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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.
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Parents Growing Less Confident in Students’ Ability to Finish College; Families Worry About Financial Blow from Temporary Withdrawal

According to the 2018 Allianz Tuition Insurance College Confidence Index, parents are more concerned than a year ago about their child's ability to finish college without needing to withdraw, though students' level of confidence in finishing held steady. However, both still see significant financial implications of an early college withdrawal, estimating a loss of about $10,000. Despite their concern about withdrawal and financial losses, both groups also admit to not being able to recall their college's refund policy.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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College Tips: Five Priorities for Freshmen

College is a whole different world than high school. Here’s are five essential tips for college parents and their students for their freshman year.
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College Tips – Last Minute Topics For Freshmen Parents

The pace of the weeks leading up to the start of college can move quickly.  There are many topics college parents forget to discuss or just run out of time to consider fully with your student.  
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Last Minute Tips for Paying For College

Unlike nearly every other bill your family pays, you may be surprised to learn that your student bill for college may never arrive in your mail box. In fact, if the college mails a bill, it will almost certainly be addressed to the student. 
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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.
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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.
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Don’t Despair, There is a College for Everyone

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.