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Thursday, November 12, 2015

7 Tips for Parents of College-Bound Sophomores and Juniors

As college costs continue to rise, many families are left wondering how they will provide their children with an advanced education. Fortunately, with proper planning you will nail this process. There are several things you can do now to lower the cost of a higher education. 
  1. Plan ahead. Finding colleges, applying to those colleges and finding the money to attend college is a long term process. Hopefully by sophomore year your student will be excited about attending college. Let’s build on that enthusiasm.  Parents play an important role in this stage of their child’s college future. 
  2. Get involved in your student's interests. Keep track of their academic progress and involvement in clubs, extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities. 
  3. Know your student's class rank and understand the importance of SAT performance.  All of these things will be considered by colleges for acceptance and scholarship opportunities. 
  4. Remember that outside scholarships are important.  Position your student to stand out in the application process.
  5. Do your homework. Start visiting colleges NOW during sophomore and junior year to help your child identify the types of schools that will be the best fit.
  6. Pay attention to requirements (GPA and courses taken in high school). Help your student make sure they are on track to be competitive at their college of choice.
  7. Look beyond the big name colleges and universities. Some smaller, less expensive colleges are “diamonds in the rough.” You will know them when you find them! 

So, parents, while your child is busy on their high school homework, it's time for you to get started on some of your own.

Not sure where to start? Call (781-828-1114) or email College Planning Group ( for a free consultation.

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