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.
Taking a Gap Year May Be Perfect for Your Teen: Not Quite Ready for College
More and more students are considering a gap year before starting college. This article explains why this may be a very good idea.
Feeling Lost in Life? It’s a Sign You Might Be Better Off Than You Think
This is good advice to share with your student — but parents need to be comfortable with their student taking time to find his way, too.
How Much Does a College Matter in Getting a Student to Commencement?
Worth taking the time to read this slightly longer article. The college matters — but so does the student. If your student is in the admission process, consider what this author offers about choosing the best school possible.
Strategies for Dealing with Early Decision Deferrals
Excellent suggestions for students (and their parents) in the situation of now waiting for the regular admission decision.
5 Smart Tips for Decoding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
Excellent advice for how to carefully analyze that award letter. Be sure you understand the bottom line.
If College Is Ahead, So Are Hard Choices
When our students hurt, so do we. This shares some realities of the difficulties students face.
Why Is It So Difficult to Figure Out How Much You’re Going to Pay for College?
Buyer beware! Make sure you understand financial award letters. If it’s not clear, ask!