As a parent, you may feel helpless throughout the college application, admissions and college transition processes. Now, add the Coronavirus pandemic... The good news is we've developed this list to help you out! There are things parents can do to help high schoolers and soon-to-be-college students prepare for their next phase in life, despite these odd times. let's be real; they will always need you – whether they express it or not. Looking for more COVID-19 student-impact information? Find it here.We have suggestions of what you, as a parent, can help your student with during the month of May, whether they're currently a high school junior (the Class of 2021) or a high school senior (Class of 2020).And, for fun check sites like You Visit, Campus Tours or eCampusTours to see if the colleges that top your child's list have virtual tours. Helpful Tip: Gift your child a notebook for their visits. Encourage them to take notes on the things they liked, didn't like and questions your family has for the college admissions team. Once campuses open up, your child will be prepared to ask the right questions at the in-person campus tour. 2. College Lists & Research Assist your student in creating a list of the above factors and begin researching institutions that fit the criteria. From there, your student can begin to decide which colleges your family might like to visit and learn more about.They can start to decide which colleges they would consider applying to and consider as contenders for college choices. 3. Recommendation Letters Encourage your student to email their teachers that he or she has a positive relationship with about potential letters of recommendation, before the end of this school year. Let them know that their teachers would probably appreciate an email considering they're missing interaction with students! Many colleges require letters of recommendation or, at the very least, recommend students submit them. Your child should also talk with their teachers once they return to school about their letter request. Teachers can become very overwhelmed with requests during college application season so now is a great time to reach out. 4. College Applications & Essays Help your student complete their first college application and an outline or rough draft of their essay – even if it’s just for practice. 5. Make Your Calendar It seems far away now, but make notes on your calendar for the following: • November: Apply for a FSA ID online so you can help your student with daunting financial aid forms. • January: Help your student complete the FAFSA. • March: Financial aid award letters begin to arrive. Help your student decipher what the letters are saying and contacting the schools if you have any questions or concerns. Be sure to make comparisons between different offers as well. 7. Help with Summer Planning Advise your student to sign up to volunteer, participate in extracurricular activities or take on a summer job – if they haven’t done so already. All of these will look great on their college applications! 8. Summer Savings Help your student set up a summer savings plan so they he or she can start saving for college now. Explain that, when it comes to saving for college, the earlier they get started on saving the better! 9. Scholarship Applications Encourage your student to begin applying for scholarships regularly now, especially during the summer, when they have down time. Our best advice that you could also share: Apply early and apply often! 10. Financial Aid Workshops Attend any financial aid workshops with your student to learn more about paying for school, as this topic will become prevalent throughout the college application process. Find a financial aid workshop in your state.