For college freshman, the first steps of independence are approaching quickly. For both students and parents, a smooth transition into college requires an organized plan. EFC PLUS has compiled a list of items that you should consider before leaving for college. Some of your planning will be highly dependent on how far from home your child will be and whether you will be able to transport these items. In some cases, a purchase once at college will be a better option. Either way an organized plan will minimize the stress of this major transition for both the student and parent.
College Dorm Room Checklist
Technology has made the transition to a college a little easier. Social media allows the future college roommates to meet each other and better communicate how their room will look. We have created a detailed checklist that you can download for added help in this area. Here are the major categories to consider when building your own list.
- Shared Appliances
- Personal Organization Items
- Cleaning Supplies
- Health and Personal Care
- Study Materials
- Seasonal Clothing
- Snack and Food
In most states, the legal age to be considered an adult is 18. Many parents do not realize that they lose some of their legal rights once their child enters college. Parents are unable to see the student’s grades or have access to their medical records, if something should happen. Here is a list of the major legal documents you will need:
It is recommended that you contact the college student life office to confirm the documents that you may need. Some states and colleges do require multiple forms or versions of different documents. You will also need to get access to your child’s grades. This permission is often an option listed on the student portal of the future college and needs to be activated by the student.
Colleges now require healthcare insurance before you can enroll. In many cases, this is part of your billing from the college and is not removed until the student’s healthcare insurance is verified. Paying for dual insurance is a waste of money and should be part of your review of your bill.
This EFC PLUS article was a brief summary of the items you need to get in place before your child heads to college. Here are links to a more detailed description of both lists you will need. Good luck getting ready for college and we hope both the College Dorm Room and Legal Checklist help you!