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Help Your Kid Make a College Plan

Planning for college can seem overwhelming for the student and the parents.

Not only do you have to worry about SAT and ACT scores, keeping grades up in high school and researching the best schools, but your teenager also has to start filling out applications for colleges, scholarships and grants.

Related: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for College

There’s so much to do that it’s easy for your mind to go numb because of all the details.

But as much as your teen might want to get lost in their video games and forget about application deadlines, you can’t let them do that! This is their future we’re talking about.

Sit down together and help them make a plan. Work together to list out everything they need to do and when they need to do it. Remember, they need your guidance on how to get started-but this doesn’t mean you should do everything for them. Get out a calendar and help them mark down the application deadlines for all the schools, grants, scholarships, etc., they are applying for.

Related: 5 Ways to Pay for College Without Loans

As much as you and your teen may want to wait and procrastinate, it’s not a good idea to put all these applications off until the last minute. When they do that, they’re more likely to make mistakes, which could cause delays in the application process. Or they could cause their applications to be rejected altogether!

Related: How to Stand Out From the Applicant Crowd

Sit down and make a plan. Once the acceptance letters start rolling in, I promise you won’t regret it!


  • Our kids are 4 and 2. Not filling out any applications yet… But we’re saving for it! Never too early to plan ahead.

  • Joanne Dumont

    Thank’s I listen on the radio when I am on my route, and I am debt free except my mortgage, and working on that….yea…

  • Mandy Brentano

    So Important! Missing deadlines for college apps can cost you lots of money, and keep you from affording college debt free. When I was applying it was hard work, but the amount of scholarships that came in from my community, state wide and from the college itself really paid off. My first year of in state tuition was paid for from scholarships, the second from scholarships and savings and years 3-5 (I stretched out my graduation date so that I could pay for classes as I went) were paid for by scholarships, and pay from working 2-3 different jobs.