The preparation of your teenage child for their senior year, their last year of school is stressful for your child and the parent as well. They must go through tough decisions they have to make that can reflect the rest of their lives. This is a stressful time for them this year trying to keep their grade average up and passing their SAT, filling out college applications, and trying to decide what they are going to do with the rest of their life. It is hard to manage sometimes, but we have to do what we can to help and make sure our children have two feet planted on the ground on their way to adulthood and try to help them make good decisions.
Below you will discover ten tips to prepare your child for college and make it easier financially to relieve some of the stress:
- When your child is born or even before they are born start a college fund.
- Make sure you keep putting what you can in there over the years.
- Cutting back on personal or entertainment expenses for your child will prove to be an added benefit from the extra money in their college fund versus temporary fun.
- Start preparing your child for college by ensuring he or she takes college credit classes when they enter the ninth grade.
- Parent must start saving for their child’s senior year when a child enters in ninth grade if already haven’t done so.
- Do research with your child on colleges while your child is in 9th and 10th grade. This will help them remain focused on a specific college by the time he or she is a Senior.
- By eleventh grade should have narrowed a few colleges to visit and fill out applications.
- Your child can sign up for college workshops in order to help plan and prepare, but these can be expensive.
- Senior year is when you pick or get a letter of acceptance.
- Fill out paperwork for scholarships, grants, loans and FAFSA for Financial support.