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Parents - Help Your Teens Find Their College Fit

Your teen is now in high school; no matter their grade level, they should start deciding on their post-secondary education options. There are various avenues to consider: the path leading to Technical Colleges or the road to Colleges and Universities. Today, let's will focus on the college route.

When planning for college, it is imperative that your teen start researching their options as soon as possible. Why? Because there are merit scholarships available to students who are proactive and strategic in making sure they obtain qualifying academic scores.

Ideally, your teen will want to start this planning process in 9th and 10th grade. I often tell students to think of going to high school as a job. Their paycheck will be deposited in an academic account as they progress from one grade to another; the better the grades, the higher the paycheck. The total accumulated points from each paycheck can then be converted into “cash”, better known as scholarship money. This analogy between grades and money makes it easier for students to grasp the importance and ultimate rewards of studying.

Students who haven’t implemented an action plan and are in the 11th and 12th grades will have a harder time obtaining merit scholarships, especially if they haven’t been vigilant about monitoring their grades. That being said, they too should conduct college research keeping mind that there will be fewer options due to financial constraints.

In addition to tuition costs, there are many other factors to consider when your teen is looking for a college. The fact that you went to a specific college doesn’t mean it is the best choice for your teen. Too often, parents want their children to keep the family tradition going by strongly encouraging them to go to their alma mater. Or, your teen may want to attend the same college as their friends, girlfriends or boyfriends. When choosing a college it is much wiser to base decisions on sound research and lots of reflection.

Want more information about college resources and how to conduct research online?

Join us Wednesday, November 20 at the Richland Library TEEN CENTER, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Dr. Jim Overton of College Consultants of SC will conduct an engaging, hands-on experience in Finding the Right College For You

Wireless access available for teens with laptops; Additional computers, tablets and laptops will also be on-hand **Two Door Prizes will be awarded by Dr. Overton


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