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Parents As College Researchers

When my children entered the college-process window, I became an active researcher for them, providing background information, sending for publications (the Internet was not yet in full bloom [yeah, I'm old]), and making broad suggestions, while trying, in general, to help them work through the maze of college selection decisions.

Today, with the massive power of the Web available to virtually every family, the task of researching potential colleges has become much easier and efficient. Parents can help out their kids in a number of ways, but their main tasks involve scouring a huge number of Web sites, blogs, discussion forums, etc. that can provide almost unlimited information--and opinions--about almost any college or university.

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