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Resources for Parents

Below are links to MSU online resources that can

The College Insider

A step by step guide prepared by the MSU College of Education for high school juniors and seniors. It defines the different types of colleges and provides an overview of financial, academic, and social factors that need to be considered when exploring college options.

MSU's Counseling Center

The Counseling Center has prepared a list of problems that can be experienced by first year students along with suggestions of ways parents can help their students deal with them.


MSU complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a U.S. federal law that governs access to, and confidentiality of, a student's records. Such things as grades, enrollment records, schedules and classlists cannot be disclosed to third parties without permission of the student. Unless a student has signed a FERPA release form, MSU faculty and staff may not share information about a student's academic record. The Office of the Ombudsman has a list of frequently asked questions about FERPA. The Registrar's Office also has a pdf list of frequently asked questions about FERPA.

Financial Aid Calculators

The Office of Financial Aid has provided parents and students with a calculator that can be used to estimate the cost of attending Michigan State University. The Office of Admissions also has a cost estimator calculator along with information on ways to finance your student's college costs.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Loans

This MSU website contains a fairly comprehensive list of scholarships and grants that can help you research funding your student's college education.

Experts give tips on financial aid, campus safety and more for back-to-school stories

MSU News article (Aug. 2008) covers a range of topics related to college life in general and at MSU specifically.

Parent's Guide to NCAA Rules Compliance

If your student is an athlete, this document will give you an idea of some of the issues you and your student need to be aware of and possible consequences of rules violations. Contact information is also provided if you need more information about NCAA or Big 10 rules.

Suggested Readings

You might also wish to browse this list of suggested readings for parents, and family members of new students for information on coping with the shifting roles that occur when their first-year student begins college.