In this season of Valentine’s Day, love is on the mind of many parents—especially if their kids are choosing a college based on where their boyfriend or girlfriend is going. These parents are freaking out, and I don’t blame them.
Plenty of lists on how NOT to choose your college usually include letting your heart make the choice. However, some emotion plays a part in almost every decision. If the emotion dominating your college choice is “love for a significant other,” though, remember to consider the following.
When the word “FAFSA” comes up among parents, there is normally a fair amount of eye rolling and sighing. “What a pain.” “It’s so confusing.” “Why bother—we probably won’t qualify.”
I agree that it can be a painful process; however, it’s an important one. If you and your family need help paying for college, you should maximize your financial aid chances, which the FAFSA lets you do.
So, clear your calendar and complete the FAFSA this week. I have some tips to help you get it done.
Are you considering renting an apartment or a house next fall? If so, you will need to consider a number of things—including how to convince your parents. This is especially true if you’ll need them to co-sign the lease.
I’ve signed a few leases myself for my son. And as a mom and a licensed real estate agent, I can tell you, you need to read the fine print! Here are nine things you may need to discuss with your parents before you sign.
The sprint between Thanksgiving and Christmas is quick. And for those college students who celebrated Thanksgivukkah, the gap between holidays this year was, well, no gap at all. This makes holiday gift buying a challenge.
If you still have gifts left to buy, you may feel challenged as to how to give creatively on a limited budget. The best gift to give your mom and dad this season is really just some of your time and conversation. But if you’ve bonded enough this year, here are a few other ideas.
This Thanksgiving, my daughter came home for the first time since she left for her freshman year. I was so glad to have a lot of time with her and so happy that she absolutely loves her college—even though it wasn’t her first choice.
I couldn’t help thinking just how different things were just about a year ago, when the news wasn’t nearly as good for her on the college front.
After moving off campus, my son quickly got tired of begging for rides to do his laundry and grocery shopping. (Riding his bike in 6 inches of snow got a little old as well.)
So, we recently sold him one of our family’s cars. And while I received a lovely road trip out of the transaction, I also got to endure something much less enjoyable: the tedious process of buying another used car.
Tomorrow, I start a road trip to the Midwest with my son. As much as I love him, the thought of being held captive in a car all weekend, subjected to rap music for hours, isn’t really what I want to do with my time. (Though I’m sure the fall leaves will be lovely …)
However, we won’t be the only two people in the car. I’m also bringing along Dr. Meg Jay (at least, in spirit), author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How To Make The Most Of Them Now. So, let the guilt trip—I mean, road trip!—begin.
As a mom, a lot about the college process keeps me awake at 2 a.m. The angst about how to pay for it is huge. Then, I worry that my kids will go completely wild and learn nothing at school (as I scramble to pay for it).
But if I had to decide what worries me most, it is the stress-inducing admissions process. Applying to college is scary—for applicants and their parents.