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College cost, complexity, competitiveness and your teen

At the same time that a post high school education has increased in importance to future job success, college has become more expensive and competitive. Cost, complexity and the long term impact on the future success of a teen make the college major and college choice process something that you should not leave to your teen alone. This expensive (100,000+) major life decision demands parent participation. If you are not an expert, you can engage a professional in college advising to save time and money and improve outcomes.
The best plan of attack is to know specifically what the best career field is for your teen and plan an education around that. While your teenager does not have to know their major before applying to a college, it can save money and time. Students who have taken a college major assessment and received college major counseling choose the right major initially and avoid major changes and perhaps college transfer later.
Once the college major target is identified, develop a list of preferred types of colleges and campuses. Have an open mind about location and whether a college is public or private. There are many stereotypes about cost with regard to private colleges and out of state schools that are not accurate. Not knowing that can also cost you.
If an educator tells you that it is too early to identify your teen's career interest, they are mistaken.  That is a view that was widely held. However, today's advanced testing and counseling can identify a major as early as middle school.

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