Parents and Family

The benefits of volunteering for college students

Posted by on July 11, 2024

When a student reflects on his or her college experience, what do they hope to remember? Lifelong friends, riveting classroom discussions, and walking across that stage to get their diplomas are all highlights of the university experience. But in today’s quickly evolving job market, there’s one thing students should be adding to their list of […]

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7 Things to know about college accommodations

Posted by on June 26, 2024

If your child had an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 Plan in high school, you’ve been able to play a role in their educational process. You’ve had access to the people who are providing supports and services. And you’ve been able to monitor how well those supports were implemented.

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Turning 18? Prepare for legal changes!

Posted by on June 18, 2024

When your teen reaches the age of 18, even though you may still think of them as children, under the law they have now achieved adult status. That status allows them to vote, serve in the military, serve on a jury, sign a contract, and get married without your consent. Although they still can’t do certain things, like drink alcohol or rent cars, their legal status is decidedly different than it was at 17.

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The summer before college checklist

Posted by on June 12, 2024

While the summer before college shouldn’t be a drag filled with tasks and appointments, taking care of business in the summer goes a long way toward setting up your child (and you!) for a great freshman year. Pencil these in over the course of the summer.

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What I wish I had known before – Part 2

Posted by on June 5, 2024

Continued – Share these tips from current students to increase your student’s success in the classroom and general campus life. Students were recently asked by student accommodations and testing advisors what they wish they had known before coming to Missouri S&T.

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What I wish I had known before – Part 1 

Posted by on May 29, 2024

Your student can get a head start on college success! Share these tips from current students to increase your student’s success in the classroom and communication with professors and advisors. Students were recently asked by student accommodations and testing advisors what they wish they knew before coming to Missouri S&T. Here are their answers in this two-part series.

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Qualified expenses you can pay for with a 529 plan

Posted by on May 21, 2024

Anyone can open a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan, including students, parents, grandparents and other relatives. It is used to pay for college, but not all expenses qualify. Withdrawals from 529 plans are called distributions, and they must be used toward qualified education expenses – otherwise they will face federal income tax and a 10% penalty.

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Checklist for first-time apartment renters

Posted by on May 14, 2024

When you’re preparing to rent your first apartment, there’s a lot to consider. If you’re moving out for the first time, you might feel nervous about living on your own. Renting your place is exciting, but it can also feel intimidating. To prevent that feeling of overwhelm, we have a first-time renters guide to ensure you don’t miss a thing and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect apartment.

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Returning home from college – communication is key!

Posted by on May 7, 2024

Late spring is a time of change for college students and their parents. As the semester ends and students leave campus life behind to return home for the summer, families often face a period of adjustment.

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Checklist for the end of the semester

Posted by on April 30, 2024

The last few weeks of spring semester on college campuses are hectic. Your student may drop off the radar while wrapping up classes and taking finals, so when you do make contact it’s important to touch on the most important things.

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