Providing Support Before Graduation

Avoid Surprises—Check in with Your Student on Their Academic Progress

Not all college students graduate in four years. In fact, according to this data, only 40% of  first-time, full-time, bachelor’s-degree-seeking students at 4-year postsecondary institutions graduated within four years. 55.8% of these students graduated within five years, and 59.8% within six years. It is a good idea to check in with your student’s progress; you may think they will be graduating in four years, but they may be on a five- or six-year plan. You’ll need to talk to your student to get this information, since the institution will not be able to share this with you. Having open lines of communication with your student throughout their time in college will help alleviate any graduation date surprises.

Your College Senior Needs a Plan

Before your college senior graduates, do they have a plan? Have they shared it with you? What does their plan look like? 

Your student will need to consider what their immediate future might be. In addition, they should consider things like their financial wellness, where they will live, what health insurance will they have, and more. 

Talk to them about their post-graduation plans. If you’re able, have this conversation as early in their senior year as possible so it’s less stressful for both of you. Planning early will also help your student get everything in order well before graduation.