When students go to college, their families have a list of questions and concerns they’ve never faced before. What do we need to know? Is college a good investment? Will my student be safe? What will change at home? How can we support our student’s experience without being intrusive? Research has shown that when family members understand the college experience, they can better support their students’ success.

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How to Use This Website

This website provides comprehensive resources for families who are parenting through the college years. Content is designed to provide parents of college students with information and tools to support and empower successful transitions to college, increasing responsibility, and good decision-making skills. Topics included are listed in the left-hand column throughout the website. Downward arrows  will provide additional navigation information.

For More Information

Many colleges and universities have established services and events for parents and family members, including e-newsletters, orientation, family weekend programs, and a helpline. Your best resource for information on supporting your student is the parent/family program at your student’s school, but some colleges do not provide parent/family services. To find out if the school your student is attending has a parent/family program, check the members’ list of the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals.