Components
Hero Title
Family resources
Hero Text
Here are a few tips for families to help their students along the journey to college.
Narrow hero
Off
Illustration
Common App Grades
Title
Help your student reach new heights
Text

Your student is finally ready to apply to college. Congratulations! Here's what you need to know as a parent or guardian to help them get over the finish line.

Items
Video URL
https://commonapp.wistia.com/medias/6leqg8ujxj
Video Image
Title
Let's get your student ready for college
Description

For many parents and guardians, particularly those who have not been to college, it's difficult to know where to start. Below are a few easy-to-use resources that we've put together to help families support their students through the college application process.

Steps
Title
Family Checklist
Description

Use this resource to empower your student as they take this important step and reach higher.

Step content
Text

College is about defying expectations, breaking the mold, and finding yourself. You have an important role to play in your student’s journey to college whether or not you’ve been to college yourself. 

Downloads Cards
Card Title
English
Downloadable Files
File Title
Support for your student
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Understanding your financial aid offer
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
Card Title
Español
Downloadable Files
File Title
Apoyo para su estudiante
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Comprender su oferta de ayuda financiera
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
Title
Paying for college
Description

Learn about application fees, fee waivers, navigating financial aid, and how to find scholarships.

Step content
Text

The cost of college can be daunting. These resources will help teach students about fee waivers, financial aid, and the different scholarship options they have.

These resources will: 

  • Help students understand how to apply for financial aid and scholarships
  • Understand the difference between different types of financial assistance
  • Learn about application fees and fee waivers
  • Provide tips for finding scholarship opportunities
Downloads Cards
Card Title
English
Downloadable Files
File Title
Understanding Application Fees & Fee Waivers
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Facts about financial aid
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Applying for scholarships with Scholar Snapp
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
Card Title
Español
Downloadable Files
File Title
Entender los aranceles de solicitud y las exenciones de aranceles
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Datos sobre la ayuda financiera
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
File Title
Solicitud de becas con Scholar Snapp
Download Link Text
Download PDF
File Type
PDF
Disable counter
On
Disable navigation
On
Color scheme
Cyan (Your path to college)
Disable sidebar
Off
Slim steps navigation
Off
Title
Is your family Common App Ready?
Image
Fixed content components
Title
Here's what else you might want to know.
Text

We know you might have a lot of questions. We've got answers. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we see from families about applying to college. And, if you need additional help with Common App, please contact our solutions center team for 24/7 application support.

Cards
Title
How should I discuss college with my child?
Content

Whether your child will be the first person in your family to go to college or your child comes from a long line of college graduates, there are two truths about the application process that cause apprehension for families. First, with its many moving but interconnected parts, applying to college is complex. Second, every student advances towards college at his or her own pace.

If you sense that your child is reluctant to talk about college, try to discover why. It might be that your child believes that college is not for them, or they aren’t aware of the many opportunities it might offer. Our Why College Matters page can help explain the value of a college education – and so can an array of other advocates like school counselors, teachers, principals, advisors, coaches, community mentors, and college admission and financial aid officers.

Title
How involved should I be in my child’s college preparation and application process?
Content

Regardless of whether or not you’ve been to college yourself, you have an important role to play in your child’s journey to college. No one knows your child better than you, so you should follow your instincts and let past experience serve as a guide. If your child has a proven record of following through with responsibilities and obligations, that trend will likely continue throughout the preparation and application process. If your child is someone who requires structure and guidance, offer to help.

But remember: there is a difference between helping and over-stepping.  College will require your child to be independent and self-reliant – and managing the process of applying to college is his or her first step towards a successful, fulfilling education.

Here's how you can help your student plan ahead.

Title
How can I help my student understand how to pay for college?
Content

If you have concerns regarding the financial aid process or your role in it, you are not alone. It can be particularly confusing to families who are encountering college for the first time. However, you have an army of advocates who want your child to go to college and are ready to advise you. Most of these advocates – school counselors, community mentors, advisors, and college admission and financial aid officers – will offer their advice freely and generously, so don’t be afraid to reach out and use their expertise. 

Start by downloading the resources below. You can also visit the paying for college section of our site for links to even more resources.

Title
Why should my student use the Common App?
Content

With nearly 900 member colleges and only one application, Common App is comprised of a rich and diverse membership – colleges that are public, private, large, small, secular, and religious. No other college application system matches the diversity of institutions accessible through Common App, which is why more than 1 million students, counselors, advisors, and teachers rely on us every year.

How does Common App work? Colleges request a large amount of information from applicants, and we simplify the process by collecting much of that information in one place. This prevents students from repeating the details of their background, education, activities, and testing over and over again, for every school on their list. It also enables students to stay on top of deadlines and manage school-specific tasks – without leaving our system. 

Start your search today by exploring all the colleges that accept Common App.

Text

No matter where you come from, or how much money your family has, I want you to know that you can succeed in college, and get your degree, and then go on and build an incredible life for yourself.

Author
Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States and first-generation college graduate
Title
Need help? Contact our Solutions Center.
Image
Invert header colors
On