WARNING! Can Senioritis Ruin Your Child’s Chance of Scholarships?
Yes. It. Can.
Senioritis is a colloquial term mainly used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers.
Senioritis is really an affliction that only (allegedly) affects students in their senior year. Many of you parents might see it creeping up sooner. The evidence might be disinterest in sports or extra curricula activities, apathy or even reckless behavior. They believe that since they know where they want to go (after high school), may have already earned a scholarship or financial aid that they don’t have to keep up their grades. THAT IS THE WRONG ATTITUDE.
Let me tell you why. THIS is the time of the year when most parents and students begin to realize that although they are excited about college, they really can’t pay for it. IF they can, they probably only have enough for the first year. This is where scholarships are vital to most students STAYING in college all four years.
The nonprofit organizations that govern and dispense scholarships look very closely at your child’s GPA and class rank from high school. They want to see that the student has been disciplined about maintaining their grades throughout a stressful senior year. This is an indicator to them that he/she is ready to handle college level courses and they want to reward them for that. If they see that the first 2.75 years of high school were great and then there is this steep decline, they will think something is physically wrong with your child or it shows a lack of focus all the way to the end. Senioritis can cause a dramatic downward turn in their grades and performance. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO THEM!
There are a lot of additional scholarships that are based solely on MERIT from the college and universities themselves. They have discretion whether or not to award MERIT aid to you. Your child’s grades are not the only deciding factor but it is ranked high on the checklist.
Use the last semester in senior year and all summer long after graduation (we know there will be some parties along the way) to look and apply for as many scholarships as possible. If you as the parent make this a priority and condition to continue in college, your child will take it seriously. Part of their apathy is that there may be a disconnect between them and being aware of what COLLEGE REALLY COSTS TO ATTEND and WHAT YOU AS THE PARENT CAN AFFORD.
Don’t let SENIORITIS ruin their opportunity to shine bright and qualify for scholarships. They can start to apply as early as junior year and continue all throughout the college years. We at The College Money Maze discuss and post scholarships regularly on our podcast as well as on our FACEBOOK GROUP.
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