Your Child’s Going To College: Top Tips For Parents

images-2Your child’s going to college. Like all of us, you want to help, but you’re not sure how.  Here are some suggestions on how to be supportive as they prepare to be a college freshman:



  • Help your child choose freshman classes. Talk about what they’re interested in and also consider course requirements. Encourage your child to learn more about specific classes by looking through the course syllabus online to confirm they’re interested in what the instructor plans to cover.
  • Understand your tuition payment options. It may possible to spread out your payments if your child’s school offers a plan.
  • Does your health insurance cover your child at college? If so, make sure you opt out of the school’s coverage before the deadline.
  •  If your child is going to live at school, getting ready for dorm life can be a fun activity to share. Take inventory of what you already own and bring a shopping list with you, and add to it from the checklists many stores provide. Large chain stores offer the option of selecting items locally and picking them up at the store closest to your child’s school. Suggest your child talks to his or her roommate about large items they may want to share.
  • Some schools assign specific move-in dates and even times to their students. Make sure you’re aware of any designated schedule. Move-in often takes longer than expected. Decide if you’ll be staying over and, if so, make hotel reservations.
  • Schools often provide programming and events for parents during the move in day(s).  Don’t forget to sign up for events you may be interested in attending.
  • Fall/Homecoming weekend will actually be here before you know it. This is probably one of the busiest weekends at school and the surrounding community. Make hotel and dinner reservations now so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.

This is such an exciting time for your child and you. While they’re preparing for college you can be preparing yourself and supporting them through this next big step as well.


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