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The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches

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The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches

  1. 1. Source: encoura.org/the-parent-student-relationship-in-college-search | admissions.richmond.edu/features/article/-/20632/for-the-parents-by-the-parents-advice-on-navigating- the-college-admission-process | stoodnt.com/blog/parents-mothers-roles-college-admissions-dos-donts | usnews.com/education/articles/tips-for-starting-the-college-search | insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2022/06/06/parents-matter-more-admissions-decisions | hub.fullsail.edu/articles/talking-to-your-parents-about-college | fastweb.com/ college-search/articles/parent-guide-for-college-admission-month-by-month-timeline | collegeraptor.com/find-colleges/articles/college-search/10-things-every-high-school-junior- should-do-in-the-spring-to-make-the-college-search-easier | affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-admissions WHAT DOES THE DATA SHOW? ON THE PARENT SIDE... ON THE STUDENT SIDE... Let your child take the lead while offering support as needed. Help organize to-do lists and other elements of planning without micromanaging. Discuss financial options or the parameters you’ll be providing. Encourage your student to search for and apply to scholarships, grants and other means of financial aid with you as early as possible. Give a limited number of reminders on deadlines for applications, personal statements, essays, etc. Keep the search going in a positive light despite any potential setbacks. Start researching and planning early, such as sophomore or junior year. Reach out for help from your parents, counselors, teachers and other trusted adults. When choosing courses in high school, select classes you will do well in and those that challenge you academically. Update your resume or “brag sheet” regularly with extracurricular activities, work experience, volunteer work and other accomplishments. Stay focused on your academics, including your grades and preparing for the SAT or ACT if the colleges you’re interested in request scores. Attend local college fairs to explore options and make inquiries. Parental involvement in the college admissions process is important, but there needs to be a balance between students and parents in managing the process from exploring college options, setting expectations and parameters, and meeting deadlines. The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches The college application process is stressful, with 74% of both participating parents and students reporting “high” or “very high” stress levels. Studies show the process is also starting earlier, with 46% of families exploring options as soon as high school begins. 55% of parents say they are in a 50-50 partnership during the process; however, only 38% of students say the same. Cost anticipations differ, with half of students willing to pay $30,000 per year and half of parents willing to pay $50,000 per year.

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