College Applications – A Family Effort

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College Applications – A Family Effort

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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Going to college can be stressful in an intact family but what if the parents are separated and decisions need to be made surrounding college. College choices are decisions which both parents and the child should participate in. Parents need to agree on where the child will attend, including whether it should be in-state or out-of-state, travel costs, applications for financial aid and scholarships as well as, who will pay for the costs of tuition, room and board. Although Pennsylvania does not require either parent to pay the costs of college, parents should attempt to contribute to a 529 Plan or other college savings and have a discussion whereby the parties will discuss exactly what each parent and the child will contribute towards college expenses.  Having discussions when the child is a Junior in high school can include, tutoring costs for standardized testing, college application costs and travel costs for the college tours. Both parents should be actively involved in the selection process so that costs can be mitigated and divided on need and ability o pay. Advanced planning will help families get through the often complicated and stressful college process.