|Cliché:||Word to the wise.|
|POCS Reality:||POCS can find new information sources.|
• college website
• college parent association
• student radio, TV, newspapers
• roommate’s parents
• fellow POCS
You may get an invite to a college-sponsored Family Event but most college records are off limits unless the student gives you permission for access under federal privacy regulations.*
For up-to-date information about the college in general and a college events calendar including exam schedule, vacation breaks and campus events, check out its website. Some colleges offer to send e-mail alerts to parents who sign up.
While you’re browsing, find out about the college’s parent association. It’s another great source of college life info from a parent’s point of view. To get a student’s viewpoint, check out student-run college media: radio, TV and newspapers.
You can connect with a roommate’s parents or any parent of your student’s friends. You never know what pearls may drop from a fellow POCS.
*Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations (FERPA) 34 CFR Part 99
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|www.fafsa.gov||FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid form)|
|nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator||college statistics for search and comparison|
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