As a parent, only you know the difficulties of motivating your teen to see
the big picture. In this case, the picture is very big; it includes the
importance of a college degree and the cost of financing that degree. For some
families, education is the single biggest expenditure they will ever have. It
can sometimes outweigh the cost of the average home, especially for families with more
than one college-bound child. For low-income families, covering the cost of
college can seem overwhelming and unattainable. This is information that can
potentially motivate your teen to begin the all important scholarship search.
Listed below are some suggestions:
- Have a frank and honest discussion with your teen about the
family finances and the cost of college. You may need to "shock" your child
into the realities of adulthood. Perhaps putting pen to paper and showing your
son or daughter just how much a four-year degree costs would work best.
- Help with the scholarship
search. It will lighten the burden for both you and your child. School, a
social life, and the pressures of growing up may be more than your teen can
tolerate at times, especially when you throw in the added responsibility of
finding money to cover college expenses.
- Stay in touch with the process. You can do the search and even send away
for application packets, but your teen needs to complete the applications
essays!). Help your teen to follow up and follow through. There are lots of
details and deadlines to remember, so you need to work with your son or daughter
to oversee and organize the effort.
Don't worry that you are taking over and being bossy or preventing your child
from growing up and taking responsibility. What you are is a caring parent who
is savvy enough to know that working together to find scholarships just might be
the best way to fund your child's college education.
For more information for college parents, return to the Parent Pointers
section. To find customized scholarships that you can apply for today, sign up
or login to the ScholarshipExperts.com time-saving scholarship search service.
It's fast, easy and completely free.