To our valued parents and families:
Finding the “right” college for your daughter or son is very much a family decision. While the process can be stressful at times, choosing a college can also be a positive experience for all of you. Here are a few ways to help with your college search.
Remember why your child is going to college in the first place.
Now is the time for your child to reflect on what they truly want. Compare their preferences and ambitions to the resources that each school offers. Ask how each school can further your child’s educational and career goals.
Find the right fit.
Every school has a personality; you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one that clashes with your child’s. Visit the campus again (or for the first time if you haven’t been yet!).
Know your budget.
In making sure the school is best suited for your child, be sure it is realistic financially for you. You don't want your child falling in love with a particular school only to have to turn it down because of family finances..
Take a deep breath.
Make clear to your child that you are available to talk things through, weigh the pros and cons, ask questions and visit campuses with them but that, ultimately, the decision about where to go to college must be theirs. It’s hard - for both of you - to hand over the keys to their future, but when you watch them receive their diploma, you’ll realize it was well worth it.
Best of luck to you and your family!
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