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Category: Parents’ Corner
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move in week at GCU, student smiling with parents

By Jessica Baral
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

During the upcoming summer months, students all over the country will be preparing for their first semester of college. Dorm supplies will be purchased, financial plans will be arranged, textbooks will be procured and travel plans will be finalized. As a parent, you want your student’s campus experience to be a healthy, safe and rewarding one.

At Grand Canyon University, we understand your concerns and want to put your mind at ease during this transition. Here are a few common questions about college raised by parents like you:

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By Jessica Baral
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

As you and your student prepare for their first year of college, you will feel a range of emotions, including excitement and nervousness. At GCU, we strive to ease your nervousness and provide your student with a grade-A quality campus experience. A large part of a great campus experience is campus eats, and GCU has much to offer in student dining.   

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As the senior year of high school approaches, parents and students will begin taking a closer look at college and university options. You will weigh your financial resources and work to select a college that sets your student up for the brightest possible future. One important rule should guide you through this complex decision-making process:

Scholarships should be the first option for funding your student’s education.

Loans should be secondary. Unlike scholarships, loans must be paid back with interest or fees that can increase over time. Scholarships come at no cost and are a great way to ensure future financial security.

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Department of Public Safety

For our Lopes, Grand Canyon University becomes a home away from home. Campus is where students form a new family with fellow Lopes, grow and experience the independent GCU college life. While students make new friends and live the fun Lope Life, campus safety remains a main concern for many parents (and understandably so).

In response, GCU values our commitment to providing a safe campus, security services and extensive resources for students to report or respond to issues. Since this commitment is a top priority, we protect our students, faculty, staff and guests with the following initiatives.

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A father helping his teenage son with his homework

By Daniel Cruz
Senior Manager of Academic Alliances

It seems homeschooling has become more and more popular over the last few years. The number of families choosing to educate their children at home has grown more in the last 10 years than it has over the last 40. In fact, their numbers have doubled and homeschooling is more popular now than ever.

What’s the draw? What could cause such exponential growth in a community?

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As the price tag to attend college increases, so does a family’s financial concern over the ability to pay for a college education. According to College Board, a mission-driven not-for-profit organization, the average charges for tuition, fees, room and board at a private nonprofit four-year college reached $45,370 in 2016-17, an increase from a cost of $43,870 only one year before in 2015-16.

Options are available to help pay for a quality education, and for many, it starts with financial aid. Here’s a snapshot to help guide your family on how to finance higher education at a private institution like Grand Canyon University.

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By Amanda Hughens
STEM Outreach Manager, Strategic Educational Alliances

I think my mother was on to something when I was a kid by telling us to “Go outside and play” whenever we were not eating, sleeping, studying or doing chores.

I have fond memories of exploring the neighborhood, arranging large games of Capture the Flag and laying on the grass watching clouds go by. All the kids in the neighborhood would be out together most evenings until the streetlights came on, which was the universal signal to head home.

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Not all universities are created equal. Each offers unique qualities, benefits and college experiences that may appeal to some high school students – and not others. These tips can help you and your student navigate the process of finding the right university, to successfully arrive at a decision (that your child made, of course).

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When your child heads toward high school graduation and enters the next chapter titled “College,” it can be a hybrid experience of sadness and excitement. You may feel anxious about your child leaving home, while happy for them to embark on the college experience. This emotional dichotomy can create opposing opinions and strong reactions between you and your child throughout the college search. Here are four tips for navigating this transition with the greatest potential for success:

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No one can really prepare parents for the rush of emotions after their child leaves for college. From the application process and college visits to preparation and move-in, the transition process is exciting, yet goes by quickly.

Suddenly, after the big college drop-off, the letdown of the excitement turns into unexpected, perhaps unmanageable, grief and sadness. The quietness and loneliness can overwhelm to the point of depression.

These do’s and don’ts can help you feel less empty and embrace happiness for your child upon their departure from home.

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The value of a college education is immeasurable. A college education serves as a lifetime investment providing a college student with lifelong memories, a wide range of learning experiences and a degree that increases his or her marketability within the job market.

Families understand how essential higher education is for creating a greater quality of life (from establishing a career to increasing earning potential). But the cost to attend college is steep, and fewer parents can afford to help pay for an education.

If you’re concerned about how to help your child afford a quality college education, you’re not alone. Use the following guide to help the decision-making process as your family faces the high price of attending college:

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Grand Canyon University empathizes with a parent seeking peace of mind as their child leaves for college. It’s an exciting, yet uneasy experience for parents—which is why at GCU, safety is a top priority.  The university reassures parents by ensuring maximum student and campus safety with extensive 24/7 security measures.

Not only is GCU committed to providing a safe learning environment on campus, but the university also expanded its commitment to safety beyond campus borders and throughout the community with an effective partnership and initiative.

Concerned about campus safety and west Phoenix crime? Here’s why GCU parents should feel comfortable with their child attending GCU:

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If you’re like many families with a high school graduate exploring their college options, the high price tag of college can be stressful and discouraging. Help your child pursue financial aid, starting with FAFSA. Filing FAFSA can help mitigate the overwhelming costs of college tuition and fees—and subsequently reduce the burden of steep student loan debt. Here’s an overview for what you need to know.

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Did you know that at Grand Canyon University students can fast track their education? If your student already knows his purpose and is looking forward to starting on his path, the 3+1 Program may be the perfect opportunity for him to enter the workforce sooner.

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As the temps cool down and leaves change colors, seniors settle into their fourth and final year of high school. It’s your student’s turn to be upperclassmen and enjoy senior year fall festivities like football games and the homecoming dance.

Yet, a question prevails, “what will I do after high school graduation?” Typically, thoughts of post-graduation uncertainty can trump any excitement of the future, especially for seniors who choose to pursue the college route. Applying to college is an arduous process, and procrastination can be unavoidable.

The Stir by CafeMom shares how Jeannie Borin, president and founder of College Connections, LLC, advocates that parents keep their distance during the college application process. Borin said parents should have healthy involvement in the college application process, but not be overbearing. Provide guidance, but maintain distance.

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The fall semester may have just begun, but it is not too early for your high school senior to start thinking about college. Grand Canyon University offers Early Decision Grants for students who decide to register early. That means now is the perfect time to schedule a tour and apply to GCU!

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So your son or daughter has been accepted to college. Congratulations! The first and hardest step is done. But what now?

In order to get from Point A (home) to Point B (college), you need to understand the costs associated with higher education. Along with an acceptance letter, you’ll likely receive an award offer from all the schools from which your child requested financial aid. These letters will lay out how much financial support your child is eligible for in the forms of Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study.

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If you’re on the cusp of sending your first child to college, you are probably getting very annoyed with all the extra noise. Colleges and universities near and far are sending you materials about why they are the best choice. In between the lines, there are all sorts of hidden hurdles and hoops your son or daughter will need to jump through in order to actually enroll. All those hurdles and hoops? Extra noise.

At Grand Canyon University, we strive to maintain as transparent of an enrollment process as possible. Our dedicated support team ensures that each student has a clear picture of what’s required of them to graduate (and on time to boot!).

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