College acceptance notification as well as other critical notices from scholarship and financial aid sources come to families through email. The good news is that email is fast and reduces waiting for decisions. The bad news? Not all teens monitor their email.
To avoid missing critical time-sensitive messages, parents need to work with the teens in their familiy to encourage regular email check-ins. This is an important skill that will translate to success once today's high school senior reaches college.
Another discussion to have with teens in your family is email addresses. Family members who insist on having email addresses that are a little too trendy or casual should be encouraged to have a second, professional email option for use in college and scholarship correspondence. That's not bad advice for adults in the family as well.