Sending Your Child to College

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Learn more about Marie Pinak Carr, author of Sending Your Child to College


This Little Book Can Save You a World of Worry.

In the current shaky economy, where prices for everything are going up, yet income and available financial aid are going down, it is more important than ever that we make the most of the college years.

While the focus is usually on making sure the student is prepared for the big transition to college, there is also a lot that parents need to do, learn and know before they wave goodbye at the airport or dorm.

Thankfully, Marie Carr kept careful track of everything she learned the hard way as her three daughters went off to college. In Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual, Carr has assembled an amazing amount of important information in an easy-to-use format. All parents of a college-bound student (whether this is their first year or their fourth) will want to have this handbook — both for the “getting ready” phase and for quick reference later.

It became clear how hungry parents are for this information after Carr talked with hundreds of parents of incoming students for Emory University and during “Send Off” events for several other colleges. Most college parent handouts paled in comparison with Carr’s helpful guides that she created with her daughters to give to these parents.

In Sending Your Child to College, there is information on safety, greening, privacy laws, paying tuition bills, managing a sick child no longer at home; as well as health care proxies, dorm insurance, identity theft, hidden costs and budgeting. The clear, concise instructions, organization charts and forms, tips and shopping lists allow parent and student to plan ahead, be eco-friendly, save time and money, and make the most of these exciting years.

To make sure the information was up-to-date and accurate, Carr enlisted the help of her three college daughters: Katharine, who received her BS from Emory University (2006) and a BRN from Georgetown University (2007); Ann, who received her BS from Texas A&M University (2009) and is attending North Carolina State University to pursue a PhD in Entomology; and Elizabeth, who is a senior at Boston University in their School of Hospitality. Their input was invaluable because they have been there and done that.

In fact, the issue about managing a sick child no longer at home, was added after Carr got a call from an EMT who was treating her daughter Ann for a severe reaction to a bee sting. Mom learned the hard way that the old, commonly used “Blanket” medical permission is no longer accepted, permission needs to be granted each and every time the student wants the attending physician to discuss their medical care with their parents or guardian.

The section on paying tuitions and attention to “due dates” is the result of Texas A & M receiving by Fed/Ex Ann’s tuition check prior to the “due date” but not early enough to allow sufficient time to “open the envelope and process the check.” The end result was Carr having to pay the tuition a second time so Ann could register for classes. Subsequently, both checks were cashed and the first one refunded 10 days later.

Carr begins the book with this letter to parents: “I wish I knew then what I know now. How many times have we all heard this? So much has changed since we were in college both in laws, rules, regulations and in the resources that colleges make available to help.” With Sending Your Child to College, parent’s responses in the future won’t sound like this.

This handbook will help parents deal with the nitty-gritty details of sending their child off to college. Getting ready emotionally is a whole different matter.

Note: This is an expanded and updated and completely redesigned edition of Carr’s previously titled book, The Prepared Parent’s Guide: A Resource for Sending Your Child to College (which was released in March 2008). Sending Your Child to College has more than 80 pages of new material and includes topics not previously covered.