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FERPA: The Form to Access Your Student’s Academic Records

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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Coverdell ESA

Coverdell ESA – The Best Way to Save for K-12 Education Coverdell ESA (formerly called Education IRA) is the most attractive way to save for K-12 expenses, including UGMA/UTMAs and mutual funds. However, there are income requirements that preclude some upper-income families from participating. Coverdell ESA Primary Benefits for Families Coverdell ESA, in addition to […]
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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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Financial Literacy for Parents and Students

Dear Parents:When your children leave home for college, they will face a host of new experiences and responsibilities. As a parent, you recognize that now they will be "on their own" to tackle life's basic functions - at the same time that they are adjusting to a new environment and new freedoms. To help your student in this transition, he/she should know the "financial facts of life" before opening that first checking account or making that first purchase on credit.
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Balancing Cash, Savings and Financing Options to Pay for College Costs

You were ecstatic when she was awarded that merit scholarship. Even better when she still got a need-based grant. She accepted the admission offer, and then life was a swirl of senior year ceremonies, graduation, parties, and maximizing her last summer before going off to college. You hadn’t really thought more about college costs until […]
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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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“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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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 Admissions Acronyms & Terms

The College Admissions process can be daunting for both students and parents. Throughout the process, there will be many terms and acronyms that may become confusing. We have put together a list of Acronyms and Terms to help guide you through the College Admissions process! College Admissions Acronyms ACT – The letters do not mean […]
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National Survey of College Parents

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.
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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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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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Students and Families Pay More Out of Pocket as Grant Aid Fails to Keep Up with Moderate Increases in Tuition and Fees

All college parents and families will benefit from the insights from the annual Trends in Higher Education report by the College Board.  The capacity of families to contribute to an ever-growing cost of college is a pressing matter that is seen best in the context of general wage stagnation contained in this 2017 report.
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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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Five College Student Health Tips

As college parents, we often worry about the health and well-being of our students.  Fortunately, there are thousands of professionals who share this concern and deliver direct services to college students to maintain their health and help them to complete their higher education. We are thankful for the leadership of so many professionals to recognize the […]
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Data Reveals – What is College Really Like

College Parents often ask what is college life really like. With polarized politics, rising student debt, mental health concerns, and increased institutional efforts to confront and prevent campus sexual assault represent some of the heated national topics that colleges and universities helped us measure in 2016. One resource we greatly respect is the Higher Education […]
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Social Networks & Friends May Affect Student Success

As college parents, we have witnessed the influence of our children's friends. From elementary school to high school many of us have taken steps to encourage certain friendships or even to discourage other friendships.
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Insights & Tips for Considering A Gap Year

We often discuss the types of productive conversations parents can have with their children.  We spend enormous time and energy discussing where students should attend college and the importance of “fit” for students and their families. College Parents of America long-held position is to suggest all families explore not just where your student wants to […]
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2016 Survey of College Parents

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.
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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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Financial Aid & Scholarships – What We Do

At College Parents of America, we: