I had the opportunity to meet with incredible young adults, ages 17 to 24. These young people are so resilient -- each one overcoming numerous barriers while juggling classes, jobs, family commitments and piles of financial aid paperwork.
Despite all of the hustle and bustle, parents need to find a few moments to sit down and have a conversation with their near-adult children to make sure everything is going well. Here are a few topics you might want to cover.
If you are finding it difficult to keep up with the changes in college tuition, seek out programs that meet your needs and will help make sure you can find a college that is a good value for your child.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's public complaints database levels the playing field for private student loan borrowers -- giving aggrieved private student borrowers true negotiating strength in a financial marketplace that is tilted toward banks.
Public service jobs are critical for our nation's future -- from teaching our kids to keeping our communities safe -- and many college grads are eager to put their new skills to work in these kinds of careers. But crushing levels of debt often make it too hard.
Because the question of cost as it relates to each family's situation can be different in each individual case, families can start planning as early as the student's junior year of high school, but at the latest by the summer before the senior year.
If the alternatives are spending a little time to receive the financial aid to which you are entitled or putting yourself into debt to avoid paperwork, it seems that applying for financial aid makes much more sense.
The president's call for change is a welcome start, but some of the more ambitious aspects of the plan will ultimately require congressional approval -- not an easy hurdle these days -- during the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
All of us know that more must be done. But is this plan a good solution? The "best value" rating system may seem plausible at first glance, but there can be no doubt that it will do much unintended harm to higher education in America.