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Understanding University 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 […]
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A Guide To Living For Empty Nesters

By the time we reach a little beyond middle age in our lives, chances are all of our kids have grown up and gotten out of the house, and this means that the feeling of having an empty nest may settle in and make you emotional. It is incredibly emotional to watch your children who […]
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“My Young Adult is F.I.N.E.”

How we can ask more specific questions to ensure that our young adults aren’t struggling in silence and be honest about what they’re experiencing in higher education. When asking “How are you?” to your young adult, have you ever wondered if there’s something more behind the curtains of their “I’m fine” answer?  I wish I […]
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Basic Life Skills Your Student Needs Before Going To College

College is a time where young adults go off into the “real world” and begin to become adults. There are many skills that we assume these young adults have, but they may not know how to apply them in their own environment. These skills may seem obvious to us, but in order to set our […]
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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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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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2018 College Admissions: Finding True North as a College Parent

We define True North in the college admissions process as something that enables your student to stay focused. CollegeParents.org contains many resources on college admissions.  All of the tips and insights often get lost, however, and sometimes it just helps to have a simple list of how families can play an important role in the college admissions process.  
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New Rules & Language: College Parents in the Know – HIPAA and FERPA

Becoming a college parent for the first time brings a number of new things.  New language, new customers and even new legal rights for your student.  One of our purposes is to help college families avoid surprises. So this post aims to clarify some of the most common topics.   
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2018 – Five Decision Day Tips For College Families

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.
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Decision Time – Finding a College to Love (That Also Loves You)

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.
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Our Gratitude for High School Counselors

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.
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The Twelve Days of Christmas for Current College Parents

For current college parents, the twelve days of Christmas don't end with a partridge and a pear tree. In fact, the year-end holidays don't seem to end at all. Increasingly, colleges and universities are scheduling longer and longer periods of time between the last day of fall finals and the first day of spring semester. Beginning as early as mid-December, those of you who are current college parents began to have your sons and daughters come home for the holidays.
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Humor – Do I still have a curfew?

College Parents of America aims to share tips, insights, and humor to make parenting easier for all of us. Enjoy.
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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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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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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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2017-18 – College Parents Handbook for Student Success

We are delighted to publish the 2017-18 College Parent Handbook for Student Success. This publication marks the 20th-anniversary milestone of the founding of our organization.  Since our founding, more than one million families have been served by our membership benefits and services.  In the past 20 years, college has changed dramatically.  What hasn't changed is College Parents of America's focus on our mission to help students succeed in school as well as after graduation.
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Getting ready to pay for college? You’ll want to see this.

How America Pays for College 2017, a national study by Sallie Mae® and Ipsos, looks at undergraduate families’ attitudes toward college, how much they spent, and the sources they used to pay for it. Did you know scholarships and grants cover 35% of college costs? That’s the largest share in a decade. Nearly half (49%) […]
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Record Levels of Adult Children Live with Parents & 3 Tips for Your Family

The share of young Americans living with parents hit a high of 40.9% in 1940, just a year after the official end of the Great Depression, and fell to a low of 24.1% in 1960. It hovered between about 31% and 33% from 1980 to the mid-2000s, when the rate started climbing steadily.
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College Parents of America, Humor – College Student Of the Month Award

The sixth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org.
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College Sex – The Truth is in the Numbers

College sex. The truth is in the numbers.