If you are new to the college application and merit scholarship "game", being on social media or searching the internet can be more than confusing. The truth is, a lot of "information" is just wrong. At the very least it's outdated and useless.
Where to start depends a little on what grade level your kids are in, and what your family’s goals are. I have families on my email list whose oldest kids are age 8, whose kids are high school freshmen, and those who are seniors and up. But here’s the overall how to get started if merit scholarships are the goal.
(1) Decide how much you as the parent will/won’t or can/can’t contribute financially for college. Include what you are willing to cosign for.
Have that conversation with your teen as early as high school freshman year, so they understand fully that the responsibility of getting the grades and test scores for college acceptance and scholarships is up to them.
(2) There are thousands of colleges...