College Parent News and Views – February 2023

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 in the comments below.

Senior Timeline – Ouch! There’s Still More to Do

This time during senior year is not the time to let up. A few more tasks to go – including finishing strong.

Deferrals 101

It’s important to understand what a deferral is – and isn’t.

Six Surprising Insights for Parents of College Bound Students

We need all of the help we can get. These ideas will help take some of the mystery out of this sometimes overwhelming process.

Financial Aid Appeal Letters: What They Are and How to Write One

If there’s some financial information that you think the college has missed, make sure to clarify and ask them to revisit. There’s nothing to lose.

“But I Worked So Hard!”

This article is written for high school counselors, but is important for parents to read as well. It may make us feel a little uncomfortable, but there are important messages here for parents and students alike.

11 Ways to Appeal for More Financial Aid or Merit Aid

The costs of college is through the roof! Many families rely heavily on the financial or merit aid they receive from their student’s college. It’s important to know that you can appeal your offer and it’s important to do it wisely.

10 Things to Know About How Social Media Affects Teens’ Brains

It’s a “hidden” culprit. We may not realize what the affects are – and our kids certainly don’t. It may be a hard conversation to have but it’s so important.

Why Hard Feelings Are Good for Teens

What helps with anyone experiencing difficulty, but especially teenagers, is to experience compassion. It is such a generous gesture to just hear someone out.

Find these articles from around the web interesting and useful?  Sign up for our mailing list (below) and receive a new list in your inbox each month.  The more you know, the more you can help your student.


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