Applying to college is confusing for parents as well.

That's why I’ve compiled the best resources available for the parents of students applying to college.


"Dear Mr Sawyer,

Your way of doing business is completely different from the industry you are part of, and while you do it for personal standards, I do hope your clients and prospects notice. Thank you so much for working with Anushi and helping her think at a different level and also thinking structurally. She tells me that this approach has helped her in writing assignments for school as well. We are hoping she can start at Rice and be successful at making the best of the incredible opportunity it represents. It has been our pleasure to know you. I was blown away by your refreshing approach and the elements of it."

-Deepak and Seema (2017)


College Essay Guy's
Greatest Hits for Parents

Title Description
1. Essay Workshop in a Box A step-by-step guide to efficiently writing a compelling personal statement. Includes brainstorming exercises, structures to choose from, and tips for revising your college essay.
2. How to Figure Out Which School Is Right for You This podcast episode, featuring one of the best college list development experts around, will teach you to support your student in choosing the college that best fits their needs and goals.
3. Which Schools Are the Most Generous With Financial Aid? (US Version) College is expensive. But this podcast will point you to a resource to help you take (more) control of the financial part of the process.
4. Free College Application Tools That Students (and Counselors!) Should Know About) Over two dozen resources covering everything from how to find a major to how to help students find their strengths
5. Demonstrated Interest: How to Build Authentic Relationships with Colleges (and Why It's a Good Idea) Colleges are tracking how much interest you're paying them. Should you care? Maybe. This post will help you decide.
6. 5 Resources That Will Save You $3,480 Hiring professional college admissions help is expensive, but you can do most of the work of researching colleges yourself. Find out how by reading this guide.
7. How Your Parents Can Help You Write Your College Essay Learn the healthiest ways to support your student through the essay-writing process (and when to step back).
8. My Pay-What-You-Can Online Courses Get the most out of the limited word count of the Activities List by following my guide for translating the hundreds of hours you've spent on projects and activities into your Common App.
9. The College Essay Guy Podcast Bringing more easy, purpose and (hopefully) joy to the college admissions process by interviewing some of the best in our field.

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Resources from
Around the Web

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents 
via The Huffington Post

Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids
via The Atlantic

The first step to helping your student succeed by adopting the right mentality towards college admissions
via US News & World Report

Your student didn’t get into the Ivy of their dreams? Here are seven reasons why even the brightest students don’t make the cut. 
via The Neurotic Parent

Last-minute gift ideas for your college applicant
via The Neurotic Parent

Ten Coping Tips for Empty Nesters
via The Neurotic Parent

Confused about the role of race and ethnicity in the college application process? CollegeXpress debunks a few myths about why diversity matters.
via CollegeXpress

A viable parent-loan option for those seeking fair financial aid for their student
via College Coach

Take a hint from these college admissions counselors about making sure your student sets realistic goals
via The Washington Post

The only reading list parents will need for getting clued into the College Admissions Process
via The Choice Blog | The New York Times

The reality of your daughter’s college application from the dean of admissions and financial aid at Kenyon College: “Had she been a male applicant, there would have been little, if any, hesitation to admit. The reality is that because young men are rarer, they're more valued applicants.”
via The New York Times

One Roadtrip, Two Perspectives: A Daughter-Father College Visit
via Newsweek

Getting Accepted into Ivy League Colleges: Then and Now
via The New York Times

Tips for Parents on the College Essay
College Admissions Book

Why Parents Should Butt Out of College Essays [VIDEO]
The Wall Street Journal

How I Got Into College [PODCAST]
This American Life

Behind the Scenes of the College Application Reading Process
The Washington Post

A College Admission Tutor’s Confessions: Wealthy New York Parent Madness: “My students were almost all thoughtful and diligent, but their parents had fallen into a terrible trap, having raised their children to reach for the stars without teaching them how to so much as stretch out an arm.”
The New York Post

How to Talk to Your Parents About College

Are Private Colleges Worth the Tuition?
Virginia Lynne

College Board Resource Page for Parents
College Board

University-Specific Parent Guides
University Parent

College Parents of America

Millennials aren’t coddled—they just reject abuse as a management tactic
Canadian Business

Why work with a college essay consultant?
Grown and Flown

WE are not applying.
Grown and Flown


Parent Financial Aid Checklist

100 Financial Aid Calculators
Online College Blog

The Last Scholarships Listing You’ll Ever Need

Big Words calculates the best deals online for your child’s textbooks – including finding and applying coupons!

Compare Reviews for Textbook Rental Companies
Consumer Reviews

Student Loan Finder
College Raptor


The 30 Best College Mom Blogs
Online College Courses


40 Resources in Continuing Your Search...

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