There are over 35 million U.S. households of current and future college parents. College Parents of America seeks to understand, translate and make available information valuable to parents. The topics below represent areas of research that are important to college parents.
The pursuit and completion of a college education is complex. Access, affordability, health, saftey, student achievement and quality outcomes are concerns. Although we identify reliable sources of data, we recognize that many questions remain that require answers. Through research supported by your paid membership in College Parents of America, we hope to provide answers.
Research programs also help further understanding regarding how more students can afford a quality post-secondary education. We intend for this research to inform both the organization and its members on how to best provide resources for a college education.
Our society often thinks of college students as very healthy. While this is broadly true, it is also true that a significant portion of them have to deal with mental health issues and chronic health issues. In addition, the sizable proportion of college students who lack insurance are at risk of falling into significant debt.
Click this link to learn more about statistics regarding student physical health, student mental health, percentage insured, and medical debt.
The collegiate lifestyle can present more risks than one might think. These include risks to property, identification and the ability to pay for tuition.
We've collected a range of statistics that cover a wide range of external risks that college students may face. Learn about these risks by clicking this link.
After being accepted, a primary concern for families and students is how to finance postsecondary education. Wonderful statistical gathering by Sallie Mae and the College Board demonstrate how an average family invests in higher education.
Want to see how you compare or perhaps learn how others are paying for college? Click this link to learn more.
With the seemingly ever-increasing college sticker price, some students and families may wonder if the investment in college is worth the capital it takes. Statistics from the College Board, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Pew Research Center help to demonstrate the value of a college degree.
Click here to see why college is worth is.
The first college year is the most critical year for college students. Many college students struggle academically, financially and socially. Many of these students do not make it to a second year of college.
There's some wonderful research about the importance of the first college year, especially by UCLA's HERI research center. Click this link to learn more about the known struggles of the average freshman.
College Parents of America comes across research that it finds valuable, but doesn't necessarily fit into our core research categories. Interested in learning a bit more about the higher education landscape or just interested in learning something new? Our additional research section might be perfect for you--click here to check it out.