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PARENTS

  • Help your student clarify realistic goals.
  • Discuss future plans, especially the financial picture and any restrictions with your student early in the selection process.
  • Encourage your student to complete his/her own applications.
  • Remember that this is your student’s future; allow your student to make his/her own choices.
  • Be patient with your student and the school—it is a busy time for everyone.
  • MEET DEADLINES!
  • Keep records of everything: phone calls, names, meetings, etc.
  • Plan college visits with your student; incorporate them into family vacations.
  • Complete FAFSA application, no matter what your situation is. Many colleges use this form for awards and grants unrelated to a family’s income or savings.