9 Books for Parents of College Students
And you thought your student would be
the only one doing all the reading during
the college years! Needless to say,
you may want to pick up a few “textbooks”
of your own to learn more
about your role as a college parent.
Here are a few suggested titles that you can pick up at
your local bookstore.
You’re On Your Own: But I’m Here if You Need Me by
Marjorie Savage (2003).
A great resource for parents attempting to understand
the boundaries between when to intervene and
when to respect their child’s privacy. The author
knows her subject as she currently serves as the
Director of the University of Minnesota’s Parent
Programs and is a parent herself, affording her the
experience to offer advice and tips on multiple issues.
I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents
and Students: What Will Change, What Will Not, and How
We'll Stay Connected by Margo E. Woodacre and
Steffany Bane (2006).
The authors, a mother-daughter team, provide the
differing perspectives of parent and child through the
transition to college. Using humor, this guide provides
insight into maintaining a meaningful relationship
through ongoing communication and understanding
of the other’s experiences and feelings.
Paying for College Without Going Broke
2009 Edition (College Admissions Guides) by Princeton Review
A must have book for anyone looking to better
understand the financial aid process. Recently updated,
this book provides the most current information
on eligibility, laws, taxes and more, to help families
tackle the soaring costs associated with a college education.
The 2010 Edition comes out October, 2009.
Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School
to College by Patricia Pasick (1998).
Written by a psychologist and parent, the author
provides a unique take on the college transition, offering
both practical advice for helping your child plan
for college, but also helping the family plan for this
pivotal transition and the implications of a changing
When Your Kid Goes to
College: A Parent’s Survival
Guide by Carol Barkin (1999).
Reflecting back on her
own experience of sending her son off to college, the
author attempts to make it a little easier for her peers
by providing a guide filled with tips, advice, and
strategies for making it through the separation and
transition of saying good-bye and good luck.
(Fifth Edition): A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the
College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge
Lawrence Treeger (2009).
A quick and easy read that offers practical, updated
and helpful information to assist parents with both
the emotional and social challenges experienced during
the college years, by both student and parent.
Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen E.
Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller (2000).
Using humor and actual case studies, the authors
attempt to help parents understand their changing
role, still providing influence but with less control and
direction. The book is comprehensive and offers
strategies for a wide-range of common issues experienced
by parents and students.
Dollars and Sense for College Students: Or how Not to
Run out of Money by Mid-Terms by Ellen Braitman and
Celeste Sollod (1998).
Written for students, this book is a great read for
parents as well. Packed with tips, suggestions, strategies
and warnings that parents can use to help their
student develop smart habits and make wise choices
for managing money throughout college…and
A Parent's Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out:
Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn't
Want You to Ask by Joel Epstein (2001).
An often sobering read, this book will assist any
parent in tackling the sometimes difficult situations
that can arise during the college years. Supported by
the author’s own research, the guide provides useful
and informative information on a variety of college