Help for Those Suffering Through December College Applications

There’s almost nothing more trying for a parent than December college applications.

If your 12th grader has put off completing college applications until the busy Christmas season is breathing down his neck—you know what I mean.

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If December college applications are currently adding to the stress at your house, here’s what to do.

1. If your daughter keeps putting off finishing December college applications, pay her to finish them if necessary.

(This article I’ve written on “Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things” will help.)

2. If your son threatens to just sit out of college for a year after high school, living off of you and doing nothing instead of going on to college or job training, read this. (It’s an article I wrote titled, 5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year and 2 Bad Ones.)

3. If your daughter is balking at filling out college applications because she “doesn’t yet know what she wants to do with her life,” this article on “Your 12th Grader’s Got No Career Direction? Do This—Right Now” will be a lifesaver.

4. Fill out the FAFSA financial aid form now, even if you’re rich. My free resources will help you. (You may get more free money for college than you think you will!)

5. For your younger kids, commit to following the directions in the book below. When their time comes, they’ll end up getting all college applications completed before the senior year of high school starts.

This will feel better for all of you!

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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazineand US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

This article was originally posted here on December 9th, 2019. It was most recently updated on November 11th, 2021.