How To Talk To Your Parents About Paying For College.
While some kids can rely on mom and dad to pick up the whole tab for college tuition, many are not so lucky. Do you know how much financial support you can expect from your parents? If not, it’s time to find out.
The earlier you find out how much your family can help you to pay for college, the more time you’ll have to find ways to make up the difference yourself. So don’t put it off! Talk to your parents now, before college application season heats up.
Here are four tips to help the conversation go smoothly.
Pick a chill moment.
Don’t try to discuss college tuition when your parents are tense, stressed or rushed. It probably won’t end well. Instead, wait until you’re all able to focus on the conversation without a lot of other distractions. Having trouble finding time? Try talking to your mom or dad during a car ride.
The urge to beat around the bush might be strong, but don’t give in. You’re much better off approaching the matter head on. Try saying something like, “Mom, I really need to start thinking about where I want to go to college. Can you give me an idea of how much you can afford to chip in for college tuition?” Your parents will appreciate the grown up attitude.
Accept their answer graciously.
The number they give you might be disappointing, but don’t whine about it. Realize that your parents do want to give you everything they can – but sometimes the money just isn’t there. Let them know you appreciate any help they can give you.
Brainstorm ways they can help you save for college.
No matter what their answer is, it’s safe to say that your parents want only the best for you – and will be more than willing to help you find ways to save money for college. Whether that means driving you to a part-time job or getting you the homework help you need to pull down killer grades, you’re sure to find tons of great ways you can work together to make your dreams happen when you sit down and talk about it!