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Having a college degree can make it easier to find work and it can also make it easier to obtain positions that come with higher salaries. If you are a parent of a high school junior, senior or graduate then it is important that you take the time and do everything you can do to help your child get into a college or higher learning institute! Since so much is riding on this we have complied 3 easy things that you, as a parent, can do to help your child get into college.
Assist With the Financial Aid Process
If you don’t want your child to be burdened with student loan debt you should consider paying some or all of a child’s undergraduate tuition and other related costs if you can. If that is not possible (for many of us it is not) then you can help your teen look for scholarships or grants that will reduce or eliminate the need to take out loans. Help them find resources outside of their high school and talk to other parents, friends and family to see how they are going to handle paying for college! Look into the possibility of your child going to a community college for the first two years to save on tuition costs and living expenses as well. Many people nowadays are joining the military as a way to gain skills and keep the cost of college education to a minimum since the military has many programs that allow your kids to go to college for free during or after their time in the military.
Encourage extracurricular activities
These days colleges are looking for more than just good grades and high test scores when admitting students into their programs. People who have an interest in helping the community, helping the school enhance its brand and individuals who are well-rounded in a variety of activities are in high-demand. It is important that your child has a resume that includes work or volunteer experience, playing on a sports team or being part of clubs and activities that their school offers. You can help by encouraging extracurricular activities offered at their high school, church or in the community where you live! In many cases it will be necessary to write an essay as part of the application process so having as much experience under their belt is always best. You may want to consider getting your child help in creating it that essay because you want to make sure it is structured correctly and a consultant can provide great insight into what colleges are looking for.
Stay on Top of School Requirements
Let’s say that your child wants to go to school to become a doctor which will likely entail going to medical school. One of the first steps toward getting in to medical school is taking the MCAT exam and attaching the results of this test to his or her medical school application. You’ll want to know what the requirements are to get into college or graduate school way before they actually start college so getting your child some prep courses can go a long way! You can find prep courses for your child or learn more about how to register for the MCAT and other tests because doing so means it is more likely that your son or daughter will be ready and pass the test the first time. As a parent, you will ideally be planning for what happens after your teen graduates’ high school long before that child receives a diploma so it is so important to be involved and plan ahead.