Final Tips for Choosing the Right College
Choosing the right college doesn’t have to be a difficult option if you take the time to research what you really want and what you can afford. Every high school offers either a group parent/counselor evening that provides college information for students interested in attending. If you feel you can’t get all the answers in a group session, ask to speak with a high school counselor one on one or use the Internet as a resource for high school seniors.
Ask friends or family members about completing the FASFA form. If you know someone who has done it before, they can help you figure out what information you need to include and remind you of important deadlines.
Communicate with your child while they are in high school. Tell them their entire high school career, community service, and other high school activities will be looked at when enrolling at private colleges.
Finally, if your child is offered a full scholarship at any college, private or public, make sure they really want to attend that college. Often, a child may feel pressured into attending when it’s not really the career they are looking for.
Take your time, do your research, and keep communication lines open between parents and the child, who is about to step into the collegiate world.