Suzanne Shaffer

Parents Countdown to College Coach

Helping parents navigate the college maze with personalized advice on choosing a college, applying to college, scholarships, test prep and financial aid,

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Suzanne Shaffer counsels parents in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation. Her blog offers timely college tips for parents and provides parents with the resources necessary to help their college-bound teens navigate the college maze. She is also a member of the Unigo Expert Network, a College Money Insider Expert, a Student Advisor Expert, and the College Coach for Her expert college advice articles and guest posts can be found at numerous sites related to the college admissions process. 

Her expert advice has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and U.S. News and Education. She is a writer/contributor to The University Parent Guide to Surviving Freshman Year and College Bound and Gagged. She is also the Parent College Coach expert for Zinch, TeenLife Media, and Smart College Visit.

Being a parent herself, she understands the difficulties and frustrations parents have during the college prep process. She is uniquely qualified to look at the process from a parent’s perspective and offer advice regarding questions and concerns parents might have when helping their college bound teen apply to college.

You can also find her on Twitter (@suzanneshaffer), Facebook (parentcollegecoach), LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google +.




Parents Countdown to College Coach Crash Course

Suzanne Shaffer
January 2013

This crash course helps parents navigate all aspects of the college maze from college prep, to admissions, to financial aid, to choosing a college to making the final decision based on financial aid awards. It's a book with clickable links, worksheets and previously published articles. You can purchase it at

A University Parent Guide to Supporting Your Student's Freshman Year

University Parent
January 2014

This guide is a compilation of authors offering advice to parents of college students, especially freshmen. As a contributing author I offer my advice from a parent's perspective.

College Bound and Gagged

Nancy Berk
October 2011

This book is written for parents of college bound teens. As a contributing author I offered my expert advice on parenting and surviving the college prep process.



How much time do you think the average parent should dedicate to helping their child in the college admissions process?

I realize that there is probably a wide range, so only looking to get a general perspective as my daughter ends her sophomore year and we start thinking about the next two years ahead of us. Thank you 

3/23/2016 10:50:55 AM,
Suzanne Shaffer replied:

There is no set time. Parents can help with schedules, deadlines, scholarship searches, college searches, college visits, and creating a college list. Parents should also help students stay on top of grades, register for standardized tests, and have a conversation with the high school counselor regarding college preparation.

As you can see, if you do all of these things, it's a time-consuming process. But it's impossible to put a time value on it. You can do as much or as little as you like to help your child. It's entirely up to you.

If you have additional questions, I will be happy to answer them.