College Parent News and Views

The more that college parents know and understand about the college experience, the less we worry and the better we will be able to help our students to succeed and thrive throughout their college career.  However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the web.   We’d like to help you find some of the information that might be most interesting and useful to you as a college parent.

In News and Views we share recent college related news and sources we’ve found as we do our research.  We hope that this feature will help to introduce you to new ideas and to help you keep up with some of the current issues that may affect your college student — and you.

We invite you to read some of the articles suggested below — and to let us know what you think of some of the ideas included here.

End the Extracurricular Arms Race

This article suggests some important food for thought about the impact of high school extracurricular activities on students’ college academics.  Definitely worth thinking about and talking to your student about college choices.

Unlocking the Keys to Personality: 5 Ways to Foster Personal Intelligence in Teens

Using the time you have with your student while he/she is still in high school can lay the foundation for good decisions in college.  This article has important advice.

My Son Was Accepted to a School He Can’t Afford.  Now What?

This essay is for every parent and student who struggles with the decision of whether, or more likely how much, debt they are willing to take on.  The answer is very individual, but it helps to know that you are not alone in the dilemma.

12 Key Terms to Know About College Financial Aid

As you begin the college financing process, you need to be able to talk the talk.  This article provides the basics.  It’s a great place to get started.

Student: I Thought the Best’ College for Me Was the Most Selective.  I Was Wrong.

Hear a student’s perspective on finding the best college fit.’ It may or may not involve attending an extremely selective institution.

For the First Time in Modern Era, Living with Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year Olds

Sad about your student leaving home for college?  According to this article, there’s a good chance that they’ll be back.



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