Be aware of the stop signs and red flags along the way. Here are some things to avoid:
Limiting the college selection process to one type of institution; academically and/or financially. A good college list will include options that test a student’s reach as well as provide for an academic and financial safety.
Assuming all schools use the same admissions criteria.. Catalogs and viewbooks might look the same, but institutions are looking for different types of students to fill different needs on a college campus.
Assuming everyone pays the same cost of attendance. There are students who pay 100% and those who pay less. Applying for financial aid is essential regardless of the type of college and one’s family financial profile.
Missing Deadlines. Deadlines are deadlines. Meeting deadlines is a must!
Not discussing the family’s financial profile with the student. If the student thinks the family can afford college X but the family can only afford college Y, then someone is going to be disappointed. Real life conversations are essential to avoid surprises late at decision time!
Listening to the ‘grocery line – parking lot’ chatter. Everyone is proud but sometimes things get inflated. Everyone is different – Never assume!
Misunderstanding athletics at the college level. Tryouts occur at all levels, nothing is guaranteed and only a select few get $$.