YCBK27: What Is the Parent’s Role in Helping with the College Process?

In this week's episode...

In the News (2:45): We talk about why top Georgia colleges are recruiting more rural students. (Length: 12:35).

In this week's book discussion of Chapter 27 of 171 Answers (15:20): We discuss the parental role in deciding which colleges to apply to and which to select.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika have a lively discussion about the role of parents in the college process. We come up up with a list of all of the things that some parents do in the college process that crosses the line; things that are inappropriate for parents to do. We also talk about all of the things that parents can do that are helpful and appropriate to do in order to be a support for each student in the college process. We discuss how colleges want students as the primary initiator because the student is the one who is going to college but parents who are feeling left out will be encouraged by our recommendations. (Length 11:20)

This week’s question (26:40) is from Leslie from Southern California and she wants to know how her child can get more scholarships to help make the cost of college more affordable.

Question
Mark and Anika take Leslie's question and they divide it into two parts. The focus of this conversation is on institutional colleges from the colleges themselves. Many people think outside scholarships is where most of the money is but that is debunked in this episode. (Length 9:05)

Part 3 of Mark's interview with Financial Aid Expert, David Gelinas (35:05) David Gelinas is the Senior Associate Dean and the Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.

David Gelinas
David and Mark converse about whether the financial formula is fair. They discuss borrowing for college and David shares whether a parent should take out Parent PLUS loans. They discuss how a family can know what loan burden they can bear. David describes how discretionary income differs from non-discretionary income, David explains how this relates to what a student is asked to pay, David shares the financial aid formula that will determine if a student is eligible to receive any need-based aid. This same formula will determine how much aid they may be eligible for. This is Part 3 of 3 (Length 14:15)

 

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