The biggest challenge for high school counselors, college advising professionals and parents this time of year is helping high school seniors realize some very important facts:
- they need to follow up on college admission applications to make sure that their earlier requests for transcripts, test scores and recommendations have arrived at intended colleges
- they need to stay enrolled in senior courses and do their best to have the best chances of admission and to be ready for college work next fall
- they need to set up portals offered by their colleges to monitor application progress and decisions
- they need to determine required honors college and scholarship application processes and deadlines
- they need to officially visit any colleges they applied to but neglected to see first hand
The rumors that senior courses and grades don't matter as well as the psychological desire to be done with the process can sideline a college acceptance. Missing deadlines and not following instructions can cost students big in terms of both acceptance opportunities as well as scholarships. For that reason, parents, in particular, need to stay on top of students about reading their email and responding to important messages and requests in a timely manner. It is largely the parent who will pay the price of student inattention in this process in terms of higher tuition. The student may also pay the price of higher student loan debt levels later for not paying attention now.