In every family there comes a time when the child needs to decide which college (post-high school path) to attend. This “college decision” does not take place in a vacuum. The place where this decision is most often made is “around the kitchen table”. At that time, there are no school counselors available. There are no “college-coaches” around. The recruiters from the colleges are absent as well. This decision is made by the student and their parents. It will be based primarily on two factors Their College Acceptance Letters along with the available financial means.
The quality of the college decision varies from household to household. The current statistics show that the quality is not too good. Roughly 40% of students starting at a four-year college will leave that college without a degree within their first six year. At two years colleges, about two-thirds do not earn an associate’s degree or a certificate within the first three years of studies. I often think parents feel these statistics are “far away” – they happenContinue reading
Deciding which college to attend is a big deal in most families. As parents, we often want to leave the college-decision up to our child. This sounds all find and good. The same holds true for the pre-college process. For the most part, we expect our children make the best choices leading up to the college decision.
However, when we realize that only about half the students starting four-year colleges will finish with a Bachelor’s Degree within six years, at two-year colleges, only about a third of the students finish with an Associate’s Degree (or Certificate) within three years of studies, we might want to reconsider this approach. If the poor graduation rates are not enough to raise a yellow flag, just look around at how the $1.4 trillion student debt is impacting families and friends.
While we understand the desire for parents to have the child make the decision, we want to express our reservations of having kids lead the college preparation process. I think most us parents, looking back, Continue reading
College is expensive. Most families just don’t realize how expensive it can become. Making college affordable for each of your children begins with avoiding misconceptions. Part of the problem is that many parents believe the following three college preparation myths.
“My child is only in 7th grade; we can start thinking about college preparation in a couple of years.” The first myth is the belief that the college decision will work out just as well when we start “next year” as opposed to starting today.
Time is a very valuable asset in the college preparation process. Many of the individual processes required for a quality college decision – such as career selection – take both and time guidance to maturate. Continue reading
Planning for our children’s post-high school education is both an exciting and daunting task. As parents, we understand the magnitude of the approaching college decision. Valid questions fill our minds and hearts such as: Will our child pick a good school? Will we be able to afford it? Will our child be admitted? Will our child be happy with the chosen major? Will our child graduate? These are just a few of the concerns we have regarding our child’s college decision.
To have the best results, we as parents must master the two major components of preparing for college.
The imperative of our time with regards to preparing for college is this: Parents! Guide your children towards college success! Do not leave it up to the Middle and High Schools or so-called college advisor or coach. Understand this: as parents, you are in the best position to assist your childrenContinue reading