Has your child begun to express interest in higher education? Perhaps they’ve began researching neighboring colleges or went on a college visit led by their high school’s guidance department. Whatever the case, the division of responsibility between you and your child throughout this process will have to be deliberate. This isn’t a time in a child’s life where a parent should be doing everything for them. So, children should be the ones identifying potential schools and researching the institution-specific admission requirements, managing applications, writing essays and gathering supporting documentation such as letters of recommendation. You can support your child at this stage by helping to arrange campus visits, checking in periodically to ask about their progress and reminding them of application deadlines. Many parents find that weekly check-ins provide an opportunity to help their students without feeling like they are hounding them to submit application materials. Not every parent-student relationship will operate the same way. So, to learn more about some additional ways in which you can help your aspiring college student, continue on to the resource included 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