I think one of the big keys to graduation depends upon how you want to get scholarships. If you want to have the biggest selection of possible scholarships then they need to be going into freshman year in college right after they graduate. My son is graduating from high school with lots of college credits because I didn't want him to be a transfer student for scholarship reasons.
Good point, Mary!
In her article Each College is Unique Lee reminds us that it's important to find out from prospective colleges what they do / don't want to see, and what might help or hinder your chances for scholarships.
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I encourage parents to apply to both public and private universities. This short ebook explains the process of how to find a college: Finding a College You Love