In this section you will find information for those who are either parents or guardians to a college student. Topics such as financial aid and survival guides will coach you through the college experience through a parent/guardian's eyes.

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Articles for the Parent or Guardian

What are the benefits of continuing your education?

In today’s society, technology is advancing at a rapid rate and many careers now rely on technology on a daily basis. For the earlier generations that grew up when technology was just starting to really advance, learning how to use a computer was not as important as it is today.

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What laptops are best for college students? Find out here!

Some of the best laptops for college students are made by household name manufacturers while others are made by lesser known computer companies. Fortunately, as a college or university student, you can get cost-saving discounts on several of these laptops whether you purchase them on-campus or in town at an electronics or office superstore.

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What are the top electronics for students? Find out here!

Top electronics for students are designed with educational, necessary and fun, lively and engaging applications. You can also get video applications that allow you to participate in classroom discussions real-time via online college and university programs.

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What should you know about funding your child's education?

With more high school seniors college-bound in recent years than ever before, a college degree is no longer a luxury but a necessity.  Rising costs of higher education can seem overwhelming and even impossible at times, but fear not.  There may be more options in loans, grants, and scholarships than you thought that can help combat those steep tuitions.

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Need a financial deadline calendar? Click here!

Ensuring a good education for your child has become much more complicated than applying, getting accepted, and moving in.  Steep tuitions require parents and their children to jump through hoops, fill out seemingly endless applications, and budget.  Paying for college can seem like a virtual impossibility, between paying out of pocket and applying for loans, grants, and scholarships.  Keeping a list of deadlines is key to reducing stress, staying ahead of surprise costs, and getting a jump-start on financial aid.

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Do you know what college really costs? Find out here!

Between the fees you don’t expect, dorming versus commuting, and financial aid, the simplest way to understand the cost of higher education now is to know this: it varies.  Different factors impact what you’ll be paying out of pocket for your child’s education, including the school’s location, your location, and what you can receive in financial aid.

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Tips for your college student. Click here!

The transition from high school to college can often be more difficult for parents than their children. Parents are so used to being responsible for solving their children's problems that there is a tendency to continue doing so. Now that the last of your children are preparing or leaving college, you want to provide them with some advice without appearing to still treat them as children

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How can you develop a new schedule?

Parents always grieve when their children leave home—more so when it's the last one—whether they are going away to college, getting married or just moving into their own homes for the first time. The problem that lies here is parents sometimes have a very difficult time readjusting their schedules to eliminate the needs of the children—some parents even have trouble learning to return to cooking for just two or cooking in order to accommodate the schedules of the children's after school activities.

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What to do now that your kids are in college

One of the first things that many parents think when they send the last child off to college is that the house will be too quiet. This is especially true of the stay-at-home wife and mother who may suddenly feel the need to do something to occupy her mind now that she doesn't have children home to occupy her time with cooking and cleaning.

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How can you make your child's visit home special? Click here!

You child coming home from school is now a much bigger deal than in high school.  For one thing, in high school, he probably came home every day.  Now he has two lives.  He will have his life at school where he has developed a routine set up for keeping up with school work and balancing extracurricular activities and social life.

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Did you know your kids can take college courses in high school?

Earning college credit in high school can definitely be appealing especially with the how much college costs per credit.  There are a few options when it comes to earning college credit in high school as well as taking more college-like courses.  The first option is called an Advanced Placement (AP) course.  Roughly 60% of high schools in the United States offer Advanced Placement Courses.  The second option is to take college courses at a Community College over the summer.

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Do you have a kid in college? We have some tips!

There are so many things that need to be considered when you have children in college especially if they are living on campus far away from home.  To make things less complicated, I will compartmentalize some general areas that you as a parent will need to deal with.  This way, the broader topics may help you think of specifics related to your children’s school or situation that I may not cover.  Since this is for parents with children in college, we can skip right over the application process and moving into the dorms.

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Are your kids ready for the test of college?

You know that feeling you get right before you run out onto the field before the big game or as you are taking the stage for a performance in the school play?  It is easily the best and worst feeling in the world.  You are excited for the opportunity but there is that small voice in the back of your head asking if you are as prepared as you should be or if there is anything that you may have forgotten.

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What are the benfits of the 529 plan?

College is expensive regardless if you attend out of state, in state, private or public. No matter how you try to get around spending a lot of money, college costs add up. Think of it like this: first there is tuition, then room and board if you decide to dorm. Following that there are the costs of books, meal plans, social activities on campus, sororities and fraternity dues (if you pledge) - just to mention a few college costs.

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What is College Parents of America? Find out here!

Beginning a new experience, like college, is always an adventure, complete with new ropes to learn and adjustments to make. Incoming freshman aren’t the only ones who have to adjust; parents and siblings also have a lot of changes to get used to. That’s where College Parents of America comes in, with support and keys to success for the whole family in this new life adventure.

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Did you know grandparents can help pay for college? Find out how!

Affording college can seem like an impossible task, especially without any help. Student loans can feel overwhelming and the idea of paying them back after graduation can be scary. Family is usually what most students rely on for help before taking out loans and creating a financial burden for themselves. When a child is born their family is typically already planning for his or her educational future. Every family wants their children and grandchildren to go to the best college and get the best education possible.

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Why should your college kids be on a budget?

Budgeting is one of the most important ideas you can teach your children as they grow up. Being responsible with money is not easy when there are so many temptations out there to spend instead of save. Technology is a huge temptation especially with kids, teens, and college students because it is always improving and growing.

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What are some lessons your college freshman will learn?

Parents of college freshman have a whole bunch of new worries to add to their list.  How will my kid adjust to living away from home?  How will he handle the work load?  I hope she gets along with her roommate.  What if he has a problem with one of his professors?  What if she is too involved in socializing and not involved enough in her studies?

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Having a hard time letting your college kid go? Click here!

Driving away from the college campus after dropping a son or daughter off at school for the first time can be difficult for any parent.  Up until now, your child has been dependent on you for nearly everything, and you’ve always been there to watch the setbacks and successes every step of the way. Suddenly it’s time to watch from a distance.

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Can you still parent a college student?

Whether the nest is empty or short just one family member, parents often have trouble adjusting to parenting at a distance when their kids go off to college.  One key to staying in the loop is to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child.  What this means is different for every family and every parent-child relationship.

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