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224 pages
Aug 2005
Moody Publishers

Collegebound: What Christian Parents Need to Know About Helping their Kids Choose a College

by Thomas A. Shaw

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Choosing a college for your teen can be a daunting task. Not to fear! Dr. Thomas Shaw spells out an easy-to-follow plan that will help parents maneuver through the process like professionals in Collegebound. Somewhere between the world of college possibilities, admission procedures, and financing, parents need to know how to best help their student make wise and fiscally-sound choices.

Every child is a unique creation from God. When considering college, parents should be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of their teen—especially concerning spiritual matters. No college, secular or Christian, has a foolproof keeping-of-the-faith guarantee, but statistically, many spiritually weak students walk away from the faith while attending a secular college. This book will help steer parents to the best path for their individual child.

Collegebound will guide parents and teens through a step-by-step process in differentiating colleges, choosing a major, and arranging an informative and successful campus visit. A great deal of time is spent on financial preparations such as savings programs, scholarships, grants, need-based financial aid, and loans. Making the transition to campus life is also explored.

Dr. Thomas Shaw is an author and a parent who has served in higher education administration for more than twenty years. He is currently vice president of Student Services at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Tom, his wife, and four children, are also about to embark into the adventure of choosing a college for the oldest student.

Collegebound is a great resource for any parent who has a teenager. The book is chock full of valuable information and web resources that will make the search easier. No parent or teen should leave home without it. -- Beth Loughner, Christian Book

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Parents of teenagers in mid to late high school will appreciate this resource as they wade through myriad details concerning college applications, financial aid applications and admissions procedures.  Tom Shaw, as a parent of collegebound teens, and as a seasoned educator and Christian college administrator, helps anxious or simply interested parents guide their teens to making the best choice for their college experience.  Tom helps parents answer questions like:

  • Is college the right choice for my teen?
  • Would my teen thrive best in a secular or Christian environment?
  • What are the differences between private, liberal arts and big state schools?
  • How do I get involved without appearing controlling or overbearing?

Written from the perspective of a Christian parent, this book places particular emphasis on the parent’s role as nurturer and shepherd of their children’s spiritual future.  This resource would also be excellent for youth leaders and mentors of high school students nearing graduation.