For Parents

For many parents, college may have been just out of reach. However, through your sacrifice and care, your children have been afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education. But how can you help your child through an experience you did not have?

Here is where to start:

  • Be honest with your teen about what you can afford. The goal for college is for your student to FINISH. Try not to sell them a dream that will put your family in debt or become unsustainable.
  • Talk to your teen about what they want to study in college. They might not know – THAT’S FINE! Most students have no idea what they want to do in their future career.
  • Gather your tax documents from the previous year and keep them in a safe place. You will need them to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). This is a mandatory application for all students that enables the school to determine your financial need.
  • Register for one of our College Prep for Parents workshops!

Review Finances

Review your finances after filing your taxes. Determine how much you can afford to pay for college. Remember, the goal is for your student (and you) to graduate college DEBT FREE.


Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be overwhelming. Carve out at least 40 minutes to complete the application online. Use our FAFSA Worksheet to prepare your information.

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Preparing for college is an exciting time for your family. Let us help you make college a reality, and show you how to graduate DEBT FREE.

FAFSA. Apply for aid

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for those who wish to apply for financial aid.  There is no cost to apply, but the student must do so each year that they require assistance.

At Retention Strategies Unlimited, LLC.,  we are committed to helping you maximize all of the options available.  Don’t allow your self to get overwhelmed with the “how to” or perhaps even miss out on opportunities that you may not know exist.  Download our FAFSA Worksheet and the take a moment to contact us.  Like FAFSA, we can help you discover tools and programs that will make enhance the start of your college journey.

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Important Factors

It is important to discuss your expectations regarding college with your student as early as Middle School. Sit with your student to build a list of goals you both can work towards together.

Review Finances

Parents should have an idea of what you college you can comfortably afford for your student. Try not to make emotional decisions about the college your student attends. The goal is for your student to graduate college with NO DEBT.

Research School

There are over 3,000 colleges in the United States of America. Take some time to research colleges and weigh your options. Click Here


Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is very detailed. Pull your recent taxes together and get started. Click Here


There is over $2 billion in Unclaimed Scholarship money every year. There is a scholarship available for everyone. Just do your research. Click Here


There are many schools that are Test Optional – no test scores required – for admittance. You can research the schools HERE.

Your GPA is the key to earning scholarships. If your GPA is 3.0+ you have a great chance of earning FREE scholarship money.

This is not true. There are several accredited State and Community colleges that offer competitive degrees. These institutions are much cheaper and accessible.

Accredited vocational/technical colleges are available throughout the country. Please note: Many vocational/technical colleges do not receive federal funding. Therefore, they have limited funds to offer direct scholarships. Click Here.

Yes. There are several vocational/technical career scholarships. Click Here.

The FAFSA requires you report your parents’ income from last year. Families face financial issues within one year. If your financial status has changed due to unemployment, another child, etc., reach out to the school’s Financial Aid Office and inquire about their Financial Package Appeal process.  You might have to write a letter explaining your financial issues.