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The college admissions and college transition process is difficult for not only college-bound teens, but their parents and families as well. From figuring out the dynamics of who makes the final college decision and who is paying the tuition, to dealing with independence issues, missing mom's home cooking, and empty-nest syndrome, the college transition is really a family affair. And with just the right amount of support from parents of college-bound students, there really can be a such thing as a big, happy college-bound family.

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College Winter Break Blues

College winter break means the end of a semester and a return home to your parents!

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Parents and the Admissions Process — How Involved Should They Be?

Is it possible for your parents to be too involved in helping you select a college?

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IMing in College

So, you're off to college soon but your parents are hesitant to let go! Find out how IMing in college can be a perfect solution when it comes to over-protective parents...

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Parents and College: When Teens and Parents Clash

Parents and college. Unfortunately, parents don't always agree with their teens' decision on where to go to college. Read on for one student's journey with some tough college decisions.

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Cool Mom, Cool Advice

Famous moms offer some advice to their college children.

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A New Beginning for Parents: When Your Teen Goes to College

Starting college is filled with surprises and unexpected discoveries. As your child becomes a college freshman searching for a new identity, they will probably be caught off-guard by the newness of the adventure. But, it's not just college fish who struggle with learning curves -- so will you as a parent!

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You and Your Teen's College Admission Journey

As soon as your child enters high school, the crunch will be on - the college crunch, that is. They will soon be inundated with college viewbooks in the mail, pressure to figure out what they'd like to study, and worries of how to make one of their first major life decisions.

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All in the Family

Heading to college means leaving family behind. Or does it?

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Preparing Your Child for College Without Hyperventilating… Here’s How

Read how you can start preparing your child for college without having to breathe into a paper bag....

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Helping Your Child Apply to College

Here are 12 easy ways that you can help your teen get into college.

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Coping With Empty-Nest Syndrome

Read how one father learned to deal with his son's college years away from home.

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Admissions Office Q&A: When Parents and Students Don't Agree

Lisa Meyer, dean of admissions at the University of LaVerne, discusses how you and your parents can reach an agreement about what college to attend.

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Claiming Your Independence

Christa Semecky remembers spending much of her college career locked up in her dorm room, living in fear. That's because neither Christa nor her parents had ever come to an understanding as to how they'd all be affected by the changes that college presents--specifically, independence.

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Parents Have College-Bound Stress, Too!

We've got the proof - a whole variety of books on the college admissions process is available, just for Mom and Dad! If you think it's hard dealing with the college admissions process, wait until your teen is actually in college, far away from your guidance!

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Growing Up Doesn't Always Mean Growing Apart

If you're afraid that going away to college means leaving your past behind, don't fret. As Jill Malinger explains, you can make new friends while keeping the old.

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Admissions Office Q&A: You, Your Parents, and the College Decision

Matthew Whelan, the director of admission at St. John's University, discusses the role that parents should play in the college selection process.

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Talking to Your Parents About College

Tips for students on how to smoothly navigate the college process with parents.

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11 Things College Parents Should Know

Ease the college transition for yourself and your child by getting answers to some of your most pressing college questions.

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529 College Savings Plan Basics

If you're like the majority of parents preparing your kids for college, you've watched the unbelievable rise in tuition rates (5.4 percent!) over the past decade. Instead of panicking, get prepared by investing in a 529 college savings plan.

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