Tips for parents of college students

Your college-age children have become young adults. In college, they are experiencing new levels of freedom, independence, and responsibility, but they are not yet in the "real" world. As a parent, it is often difficult to know if, when, and how to be involved.

At this stage of their development your children may have found their own unique ways of learning, communicating, planning, and decision-making. Their approach to school and the future may be very different from yours. Put the differences aside; it is important for you to remain involved. Creating opportunities for "adult" conversations about their school experiences and their future plans - in which you carefully listen to their challenges, hopes, and dreams - will enable you to provide the support they need as well as communicate expectations you have regarding your investment in their education.

Career-related development you can support:

Other ways you can help: