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Parents of College Students Need All the Help They Can Get College Success Check List

Dr. Debi Yohn

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Set up a shared calendar for the parent and student. You might consider a Google calendar or something similar.

Long term projects

Discussion of the Monthly Budget. Be specific.

What is the weekly allowance?
What is the expectation if they run out of money?
What is the back up plan?
What constitutes a financial emergency?
What are the consequences of poor money management?

A debit card should be set up for parents to transfer funds.

A schedule is determined for regular communication. Who calls who?

The cell phone plan reviewed.

Computer and supplies are in good order. A copy of maintenance agreement should go with the student. Identify where repairs or problems can be resolved near campus.

Health Insurance is discussed. Make sure the student has a health card and knows how to access medical care.

Supply of prescription drugs
Small medicine kit with band aids, antiseptic cream, peroxide

Small file box with file folders and the system already set up for managing their business papers.
Book receipts
School receipts
Loan Paper work
Bank/ATM receipts

Address book with important phone numbers and addresses. Keep in file box.

Discuss what the expectation is for holidays. When do you see each other again? This is good to lessen homesickness.

Decide on a meal plan. You might start with the minimum number of meals. Some kids use the plan, some don't. It is a good begin with a minimum of one meal a day.

Initially, take only the basics to school and buy what the student needs after arrival. Expect space to be limited.

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