One of the first things any successful student learns is that the best way to ace a test is to prepare for it. The same is true for parents of college-bound students: the best way they can help their child pass the grade from high school to college is to prepare for that transition.
What does that mean, exactly? I often find that the parents I work with underestimate what is involved in getting their child off to a college that will meet his or her needs and fit the family’s finances. In fact, one couple told me, “We tackled our oldest son’s financial aid forms ourselves his freshman year at college. We were certain we knew what we were doing only to find out that we had many concerns, guesses, and unanswered questions. We soon realized that there were probably steps we could have taken and other options available to us that would have helped us financially.”
It’s never wise to overpay for anything and it’s seldom a good idea to make an ill-informed decision. So parents can become a student themselves by becoming informed about the college selection and financial aid process and help their child ace their future.