Great Advice for Parents by Inceptia 2021


Every fall, we publish this guide in the hopes that it provides timely facts and information to help college-bound students and families make informed choices.

What we don’t usually talk about is how to make choices in a pandemic.

And yet, for a second year, we are still navigating college decisions in a time of great uncertainty. Colleges are continuously updating safety protocols, families are still dealing with pandemic-related changes and losses, and a year of online learning may have shifted focus and attention away from college planning activities. These extra degrees of difficulty only add to an already difficult process for high school juniors and seniors. Luckily, our friends at NerdWallet have been closely covering the issues that matter: what if my finances have changed, should I take a gap year, is college worth the cost, and what new questions should I ask myself when choosing a college, based on COVID-19? We have included all of this information and more in this year’s e-guide, continuing with our annual tradition of providing financial aid guidance while also promoting family discussions about the college selection process. We hope you find it to be a helpful “how-to” as you begin to map out all your “to-dos” in the upcoming year. Finally, it just wouldn’t be Great Advice if I didn’t leave you with one of my own favorite gems from my pop culture collection of wisdom. This year it’s from Ted Lasso, with Ted quoting Walt Whitman’s words that can help bridge any divide:

“Be curious, not judgmental.”

As you find your own way in the world, as you’re introduced to new thoughts and cultures, you’ll find it’s hard to be judgmental if you’re too busy being curious.

And that just sounds like a happier, better way to be, doesn’t it?

Wishing you health and wellness,

Carissa Uhlman Vice President of Student Success Inceptia

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