The stress of paying for college weighs heavily on parents’ minds – so much so that it’s taking away from their focus at work.
Did you know that May 29th is 529 College Savings Day? Support working parents and help your employees find the right college savings strategy.
We need people with the brain capacity and desire to generate brainstorms without being hamstrung by choices they made as adolescents. “Few emerging adults willing to take a chance on their business idea,” wrote the New York Times, “makes it harder for everyone else to get a job.”
With so many moving parts these days, nothing happens the way you’d expect; and smart HR people know cause-and-effect is a thing of the past. A successful presentation in Fresno might depend on completion of a college essay in Duluth. A thorough pre-signing assessment of a contract in Texas might hinge on the timely arrival of a dog walker in Silver Springs. Here’s how to build a better HR strategy by listening to your employees and getting to the root of their needs.
When it comes to higher education, many students and their families choose a dream school and then go into substantial educational debt to make it happen. There’s good reason for employers to be paying attention.
Hard ROI — like what you get from back-up care or educational advice — is critical. But programs that also deliver “feel-good” ROI have additional ability to impact important HR goals.
What happens when a former college admissions officer helps her stepson apply to college? She gets a firsthand course in how a child’s college pursuit can distract parents, and how educational guidance can help.
In order to help ease the strain upon these parents of high school seniors, I recently blogged about 5 Ways to Find Money for College After Submitting the FAFSA. This piece provides parents with 5 tangible and easy-to-implement strategies to take control of the college financing process.
For nearly a decade, the ratio of college counselors to high school students has been about 1:500. When families don’t have enough access to high school counselors, they turn elsewhere for answers — and the internet opens up a black hole of misinformation and undue stress.
Many people look forward to the new year. Parents with college-bound kids, however, tend to view January with a sense of dread. Why? That’s the day the FAFSA financial aid form becomes available. A lot seems to be riding on the completion of this one form—the primary path to college financial assistance in this country. While some fears are overblown, the stakes are still high.