There’s little that’s more trying for a parent than December college applications.
If your 12th grader has put off completing college applications until the busy holiday season is breathing down his neck—you know what I mean.
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. (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!
I’m Jeannie Burlowski, and I’m the author of:
It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing cover to cover. Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.
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You can see why financial advising professionals love LAUNCH, here.
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Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.
And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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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 jump directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was updated on November 7th, 2022.