4 Conversations Families Should Have About College

4 Conversations Families Should Have About College

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  • May 24, 2021
Family Conversations to Have About College

Parents and family play an important role in helping students get ready for college. Students are more likely to be successful with family support. Start with these four conversation starters to put everyone on the same page.

Future Goals

Encourage your student to share their aspirations. You can encourage them to stay on track to follow their dreams.

What do you imagine yourself doing in 10 years? How will you get there?

College Expectations

Parent and family expectations play a big role in whether a student decides to attend college. Remind them of your expectations that they will continue their education beyond high school.

Education beyond high school is important. What expectations do you have for yourself?

College Preferences

Discuss the academic, social and financial factors to consider when choosing what schools to apply to or attend.

What would be your perfect college? Are you interested in going to a big or small school? Close to home or far away?


Have a conversation about the costs of college and how to pay. Get an estimate of your family's contribution using net price calculators and the FAFSA4Caster.

Can you explain to me the sticker price v. the net price of colleges with an example?

Get more conversation starters for every grade as part of our It's A Plan: College Checklists for families.

Originally published May 2018; updated May 2021.