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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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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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Report: Highlights the importance of College Completion to Young Adult Financial Health

A college degree is a powerful asset," said Jack Remondi, President & CEO of Navient, in a statement. "But, borrowing for college and not graduating, has lasting negative consequences.
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Second Thoughts on College & More

Many years ago we heard a statement that the real job of a parent is to help their children find their purpose. New research from Strada Education Network and Gallup provide new insights into the decision-making surrounding a college education. Given the ever-growing cost of college, this is a timely topic for students and families across the country.
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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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Latest College Board Trends Report: Students Are Borrowing Less, Paying More for College

We applaud the good work of The College Board to publish meaningful data on college pricing and financial aid. The annual Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid report, illustrates that while the increase in the average published tuition and fees across colleges and universities is not as sharp as it has been […]
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Know your College Student – the Class of 2020 Mind-set List

SInce 1998, Beloit College has published its annual "mind-set" list during the back to school season. It is filled with many helpful reminders of the differences between generations - between college students and college parents, between college students and their faculty and even between college age adults and their employers.