As a parent without a background in higher education, it can be challenging trying to find ways to support your child going through the college search and admissions process. All of the particulars may feel unknown to you, which can make it challenging to follow along and be as involved as you’d like. Fortunately, one of the best ways to be involved in the college search process is by simply listening. Even those parents and guardians without the experience themselves can listen to their child’s comments, concerns, perspectives and struggles; which can help build a trusting relationship. Communicating openly and honestly can ensure that realistic expectations are being set throughout the process. Whether that be about finances and what’s possible through financial aid or what colleges are a reasonable fit based on their child’s performance throughout high school. With the help of college admissions offices, high school guidance counselors, online applications and the information found within the resource included alongside this post, even the most unfamiliar parents can assist their child throughout the college search process. Be sure to do your research accordingly!
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