Transitioning

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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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What’s in a Name? The Labels Our Students Wear

Name-calling, labeling, is almost always based on a generalization and stereotype and we need to value and respect people as individuals, so name-calling is probably best avoided.  However, some of the labels that are given to people may have a grain of truth in them.  While we don’t necessarily want to totally accept and believe them, or perpetuate them, holding the mirror up and questioning them may be helpful.
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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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Why Textbooks Continue to Matter

Of course your student needs textbooks in college . . . maybe. Textbooks are expensive. The cost of producing most textbooks is high and the costs are passed along to the students.
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Hidden Costs of College – Meal Plans & More

The New York Times published a useful article that highlights the challenges facing families and students managing the costs of college.
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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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Essential College Question: What will happen if your college student has to withdraw from college?

Essential College Question: What will happen if your college student has to withdraw from college?
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College Mental Health Crisis: Tips & Insights

Depending on when your school starts, you're probably weeks or maybe a short month from the start of classes. How do the college mental health experts at the Jed Foundation suggest that you spend those remaining days?
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College Parent Tips: Set Expectation for Communication

As high school seniors choose the colleges they'll attend this fall, many parents are finding that a Relationships 101 course is not only a good idea, it's required. Teresa Cowan, 44, of Detroit took a crash course.When her son, Cassly Sullen III, left for Prairie View A&M in Texas a year and a half ago, she was excited to see him grow up, but nervous about him leaving home.
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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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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 […]