It is no secret that attending college in the United States typically comes with a sizable price tag — one that continues to grow each year. Despite the cost, many high school students plan to pursue college degrees after graduation. As a parent or guardian, prioritizing conversations with your student about both the costs of college and potential financial aid opportunities can help alleviate stress and provide clarity around the college search and decision process. These conversations will have to begin early. If a child has their heart set on a school that, financially, is out of reach for their family, parents will have to have that conversation immediately. Not under the guise that it’s an unobtainable dream, but rather that in order to accomplish it, financial aid loans and other scholarships will have to be the difference maker. No parent wants to limit their child from their dreams, which is why these conversations are particularly important to have. Preparing your child for what’s to come financially as a result of these decisions is equally an important conversation to have. While the future may come with a cost, it doesn’t have to come as a surprise. To learn more about how to communicate with your child throughout the college search process, please read on to the infographic highlighted 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