My oldest is about to start her senior year in high school. I can’t quite believe that we’re here already and facing a semester of campus visits and college applications. She’s a brilliant student with a perfect math SAT score and a well-rounded list of activities, so I know she’ll have no trouble getting into some very good schools. Still, I haven’t paid much attention to how kids apply to college since, well, since I applied myself a little over 30 years ago, and I know enough about how much tuition has gone up since then, so I’m feeling a bit anxious about the whole application and decision process ahead of us over the next few months–and years. U.S. News and World Report just came out with their annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide, so this will be the first thing I’ll study carefully on this journey. (Don’t worry, my daughter is way ahead of me on this.)
EconomistMom.com readers will get to “tag along” on my “shop for colleges” journey this fall. And I will happily accept advice from those of you who have already been through this or otherwise have insights into the process of finding the best college for one’s kid and figuring out how to pay for it! We’ll see if I stick to my own “living within our means” mantra.