The latest on searching for colleges, taking a gap year, paying for college and navigating academic probation.
by Anne Vaccaro Brady
Finding and applying to colleges On her My Kid’s College Choice blog, Wendy Nelson shares the lessons she learned about the college admissions process going through it the second time. Like most of us, she found it less scary, but as different as the two children she experienced it with.
A big issue for parents of college applicants concerns whether their teenager will find a job with a living wage after graduation. Lynn O’Shaughnessy discusses how to measure college grad salaries in her post on her College Solution blog.
Considering a gap year With Malia Obama announcing she’ll take a gap year (a year off between high school and college) before heading to Harvard in the fall of 2018, families with high school students across the country have begun discussing this option. A couple of recent articles provide helpful info:
For the New York Times Well column, KJ Dell’Antonia writes about the long-term benefits of a gap year.
On the U.S. News & World Report Education blog, Varsity Tutors offers application strategies for students who plan to apply to colleges during their gap year.
Paying for college The magic number is eight. For those of you just starting the college planning process, check out Michelle Kretzschmar’s list of eight things parents must know about paying for college on her DIY College Rankings blog.
Debbie Schwartz explains the eight financial aid mistakes to avoid when figuring out the real cost of college and how to pay the bill on Road2College.
Also on Road2College, review this chart that illustrates the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on family income.
Reviewing the 2016-2017 essay prompts Both the Common App and the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success have released their essay prompts for this year’s college applications. Learn more about the Coalition, a new player in the college application game, on their website and in this article on Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik.
Managing academic probation Vicki Nelson of College Parent Central explains what it means when a college places your student on academic probation and how parents can help their child get back on track.
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