Playing an active role in the college search and admissions process, as a parent, can be challenging. It’s especially hard to identify how much is too much as far as involvement goes. That said, your goal is not to just hand over this life-determining decision to your loved one but rather to set them up for success. As such, it’s important to begin early. Meaning starting in the summer before their junior year, work with them to make a list of schools they are considering. Don’t pass judgment on any school, but do offer your own recommendations to consider, too. Once this list is made, block out a few hours every week to work on learning about the school, visiting, working on applications, and applying for scholarships. Later, when this list dwindles down to a few primary selections, make time to visit the schools with your student. Even go so far as to take a trip across the country to check out a school if it’s the school of your child’s dreams. Take the opportunity to visit virtual tours online as well, to avoid having to take too many of those cross country trips. Being sure to start early in the college search and admissions process is important, but there’s more for a parent to do in this effort to better their child’s future. To learn more on how to do so, please continue reading on to the infographic coupled alongside this post.
The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches for more information on the college search process, be sure to check out the Encourage App