As you and your children explore and visit colleges, you will see that every college has a different feel, appeal and look. Some you will like and some you won’t. These are all part of the process of narrowing down the field.

However, the first three items on this list need to be fully discussed and agreed upon long before entering college. You can also seek professional help and ask them to counsel your student.

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1. Assess your financial situation – how many children do you have? How Much Money Can You Raise for Each Child's College Education? Are students able and ready to find part-time jobs? How likely is it that your students will receive a significant number of scholarships and achievements? Is the student ready to take out one or more student loans? As a parent, would you like to take out one or more loans to help fund college?

2. Consider alternatives to cutting costs – Since money is an issue for most parents, students should consider community colleges and cheaper four-year colleges. However, make sure to check out the reviews and reputation of this college. Eligible for admission to a reputable college. 

Then, if you get good grades, you might be able to go on to college four years higher. Don't overlook the savings you can make from attending your local college and living at home. Do students need a car? Will the student have to attend and pay for part-time tuition while you are away? Research alternatives to determine which one is the best for you.

3. Evaluate your students' high school performance – Be honest and carefully evaluate leadership roles, academic achievement, participation, part-time work, overcoming barriers, and excellence.