Parents and students often find the college process stressful. The main stressor, they say, is that many options are only available during specific windows of opportunity and this information is not readily available.
The best way to approach the college process is to do your homework, dialogue with each other as a team and follow the same good-shopper habits that families use in buying a car or other major purchase:
After a family gathers information, it is time to put together a college plan which includes:
Throughout the process, students and parents need to work together toward the best decision for the student and avoid making decisions because of what is popular or what other people think. Keeping lines of communication open is crucial and feeling free to state opinions and concerns without being judged.
Families should keep in mind that although college choice is important, the choice of a college major is even more important. Don't be afraid to invest in professional help if a student needs support making a decision. And don't forget that this is the last major decision that you will make together as parent and child.