Transitioning

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Why You Should Attend a College Family Orientation

Gathering information about family college orientation
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Should My College Student Have a Car on Campus?

Deciding Whether to Have a Car On Campus
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Helping Your College Student Select a Meal Plan

Choosing Among Meal Plan Choices
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Back-To-School: Why It’s Good to Be Hands-Off at the Start of Classes

Teaching College Students Problem Solving
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FERPA: The Form to Access Your Student’s Academic Records

What Parent Need to Know about FERPA
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How College Parent Teresa Cowan Got Herself Back

How Teresa Cowan Became a Hep Empty Nester
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Can A College Revoke Your College Acceptance

Don’t Catch Senioritis! It Could Cost You Your College Acceptance NBC News By Elizabeth Chuck provided a useful report for college students and parents worried about a school revoking their admission.   The report indicates that even though the “college application process is over, graduation is approaching and spring is in full bloom, making conditions […]
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Launching Your New College Student’s Year

One of the first rites of passage for many new college students may be attending college convocation. What is college convocation?
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Your Student’s Class Schedule

One very important task that each college student faces each semester is choosing his classes for the next semester.
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7 Tips on How to be a Great College Parent

We like to think of it as College 101 - but really we do more to support college parents then just share articles. We are here to monitor the topics and themes of greatest interest to college students and their families and to help make sure that the investment your family is making in a higher education generates a great return for the life and career choice of your child. Keep these tips in mind and most of all keep a good sense of humor when dealing with your child. It often helps to share the warmth of a smile or laugh that only a supportive parent can give.
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Words to Know

Academic Probation – A student can receive this if they fail to keep up with their school’s academic minimums. Those who are unable to improve their grades after receiving this warning can possibly face dismissal.Beer Pong / Beirut – A drinking game with numerous cups of beer arranged in a particular pattern on each side of a table. The goal is to get a ping pong ball into one of the opponent’s cups by throwing the ball or hitting it with a paddle. If the ball lands in a cup, the opponent is required to drink the beer.
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Administrator Promoting Parental Involvement

The times they are a changin may be a song from the baby-boom era, but it is also a phrase that aptly describes how colleges are beginning to treat parents.Until the beginning of the 1990s, it was rare for any college or university to think of parents as anything other than good targets for fundraising. A typical pattern for schools was mail tuition bill, receive tuition payment, and send solicitation for annual fund.
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2019 College Humor – College Laundry

The fifth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now online. 
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2019 College Humor – College Tuition Does Not Include Maid Service

The ninth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org. This comic, created by collaboration between College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, deals with a combination of college pricing sticker shock and the state of cleanliness of many dorm rooms across the country.  
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2019 College Humor – Cost of Books & Bookstore

The third comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available!  This comic, a collaboration between College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, reminds us how the first trip to a college bookstore is often overwhelming for both parents and students. 
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2019 College Humor: First Day of School & First Day of College

The first comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available! This comic, created by a collaborative effort between College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, addresses the stark difference between the first day of elementary school and the first day of college
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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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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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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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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 […]