Resources for Parents
Below are links to MSU online resources that can
- assist you as you research colleges
- provide information for parents of new MSU freshman and transfer students
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.
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.
This MSU website contains a fairly comprehensive list of scholarships and grants that can help you research funding your student's college education.
MSU News article (Aug. 2008) covers a range of topics related to college life in general and at MSU specifically.
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.