The college process seems like a large project to parents. It is. And The best way to handle a big project is also the best way to eat an elephant...one bite at a time.
Parents feel overwhelmed by options, costs and dealing with a teen anxious about college. The best approach is to agree to approach the process as a family in partnership with the prospective college student.
A family who works together can tackle the college process like any other project by identifying the outcome they want and required processes and deadlines. Having a plan and working the plan will help minimize anxiety and arguments and maximize success.