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My only child is a high school senior this year! How do I prepare her for college?

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Carol - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

Crystal - posted on 06/23/2011

You should plan to visit several colleges over the summer. Give her an opportunity to view the campus and hear about the different types of programs being offered. If she isnt sure of her major yet, she may also want to do some career exploration activities. There are several websites where she can take an career inventory to see the types of things she might be interested in. Of course starting out undecided is ok also. The next thing she wants to do is make sure that she completes her top three college applications by THANKSGIVING BREAK of her Senior year. Have all test scores, transcripts and application fees done by then because a lot of schools give advance scholarships for academics very early. EVEN IF THEY ARE OPEN ENROLLMENT SCHOOLS. That way she can take the opportunity to see which schools offer the best scholarships. I am an Enrollment Management Specialist for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo and both of my children

are currently enrolled at two different colleges. I remember this process and want to help new college students and their parents make a smooth transition.

Paula - posted on 08/16/2011

College often have visiting weekends for incoming students. Have the 2 of you selected any to visit? Consider a local 2 yr school and then transfer to a bigger school or one further away after she completes the 2 yr. Also require her to make the contacts and filing her finacial aid. Help her yes, do it for her, no.

If she hasn't taken the SAT or ACT tests, she has to, ASAP. She needs to scope out what colleges she wants to go to NOW. I can't emphasize this enough. Also, go to That's the REAL Free Application For Federal Student Aid. You have to fill this out (just once) for all the colleges that your daughter is or will apply for. You'll need to fill out the form by January 1, 2012 for her to qualify for any financial aid or scholarships she might want to apply for.

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