College Parents: Be Prepared for Some Extra College Costs

You know that the cost of college tuition is high.  Perhaps you have been preparing for years to be able to help finance your student’s education.  As your student progressed through the admissions process, you may have discovered some additional costs that you hadn’t anticipated: application fees, SAT prep courses, and the costs of visiting numerous campuses to find just the right one.

Now that your student has been accepted and is about to head off to school, you’ve received your first tuition bill.  The bottom line on the statement may have shocked you, but at least, you thought, you knew what was ahead.  However, there are often additional costs that may take parents and students by surprise.

Most parents and students know that there will be some initial costs as they prepare for that first year of college.  There will be dorm furnishings, and perhaps additional funds for food and gas (if your student is taking a car to school), clothing and supplies throughout the year. However, there may be some unexpected or hidden costs.  These will vary by school, of course, but here are a few to think about and possibly anticipate.

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What Your College Student May Be Looking for in a Job

We’ve written an earlier post about a 2010 study conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) which investigated college graduates’ attitudes and approaches toward their first post-college jobs.  We suggested that some of the information in that study might help parents understand what their recent graduates faced as well as some interesting topics for conversation with students about their hopes and dreams for jobs.

A new 2012 study, this time conducted by Net Impact, adds additional food for thought and topics for understanding and conversation about what current college students, as well as graduates want from employers.  Net Impact, a national organization which hopes to drive positive change in the workplace and the world, helps employees use their careers to tackle social and environmental problems.  This study surveyed 1,726 currently enrolled university students and currently employed college graduates.  The study explored respondents’ life goals, job satisfaction and prioritization for making an impact at work.

Once again, we think some of the information gathered should provide parents of graduates and soon-to-be graduates some important topics to discuss with their students.  We hope that some of the following information from this study will give you some topics for conversation as you discuss your student’s employment choices and satisfaction.

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