While it might be hard to let go of control at first, it becomes increasingly clear to parents that their children should be in control when it comes to the college search process. After letting the child know he or she is in charge, one of the most important steps in determining the right school for any student, is an honest conversation in terms of the amount of financial support parents can offer. The majority of families will have to worry about the costs of college and the potential impact of student loans. By discussing the realities early on, the student can pursue scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance sooner, rather than later. Parents should play an active role in their child submitting the FAFSA and encourage their student to submit it as early as possible. Financial elements are a huge part of the parent-student relationship in the college search process, but parents are always able to do more for their child than just provide financially. For more insight on the matter, take a moment to examine the infographic attached to 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