How to Get Your Child Into the Right College
As high school graduation nears, the focus shifts to college. There are several new and useful resources you should take advantage of that can help kids get into the right school and give them the tools they need to have a successful college experience.
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The consequences are devastating. About one in three students who enter college drop out within the first year. To avoid becoming a part of this statistic, spend some of the other eight hours helping your child address these three big issues:
-- PAYING FOR COLLEGE.
The rising cost of education can sometimes exceed college-fund savings. Fortunately, the FAFSA is a government resource that can help provide financial aid. By filing your FAFSA, you are eligible to receive federal grants, loans and other forms of funding to make the rising cost of education affordable. If you find there are still remaining costs after filing your FAFSA, private student loans are another resource to explore. To cut costs, consider starting at a local two-year community college and then transferring to a more prestigious university.
-- CHOOSING A MAJOR.
Before choosing a school, help your child examine her strengths and interests to aid in discovering potential majors.
-- CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL.
Once they've chosen a major, finding the right school will help maximize their college experience. Start by helping them prioritize their personal preferences. Are they willing to relocate? Would they prefer a larger university? Collegeboard (www.collegeboard.com) is an excellent resource where students can conduct a specialized search to discover potential colleges based on their major and personal interests. Once you've helped them narrow it down to a few schools, don't be afraid to apply to several. If they get accepted into multiple schools, encourage them to visit the schools to see how they fit in. Campus tours are a great way to discover firsthand both the scholastic and social environment.
The Internet makes research a whole lot easier, but there are also offline resources. If you want more personal guidance, consider Superfutures (www.superfutures.org), a company that offers classes and coaches who help students gain acceptance into college, survive through graduation, and attain success in the professional workforce.
According to Superfutures founder
Can you imagine if kids had 38 minutes of guidance each day, week or even month?! Don't make the mistake of diving blindly into higher education. Spend a few of the other eight hours doing your homework on this huge investment.
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Education: How to Get Your Child Into the Right College
(c) 2010 Robert Pagliarini