Preparing for College
Here are some additional resources to help you prepare for college:
Here are some things to consider when helping your child choose a college:
- Type of Education
Does the college offer the subjects and degree your child is interested in?
What is the projected annual cost, including books, room/board, etc.? Keep in mind that community colleges are generally less expensive, but there are many types of financial help for qualified students wishing to attend a university or college. Remember to figure in airfare costs if the college is out of state.
Will your child be more comfortable living close to home? Or maybe part of the attraction of college is being away and on her own?
Does your child have the discipline and study skills to do well in a large university, or will more personal attention benefit him more?
- Admission Requirements
Does your child have the grades and high school requirements to be admitted to the school? Early preparation will make sure she does!
Work with your child to come up with a list of colleges that meet the criteria you decide on. Your child's college counselor is also an important source of information. If you are looking at local schools, try to visit the campus to see living and food service options and other activities and services they provide. If you are unsure about your English abilities, ask if the school offers Open House events in Spanish.
Parent Action Items:
- Begin to build a list of colleges that may be appropriate for your child. With your child, visit college websites to find out about their academic programs, admissions policy, and cost.
- Attend college fairs with your child and, if possible, visit the schools you are considering.
- And don't forget to ask family and friends about colleges they attended, and if they went to any of the schools on your list.
Visit Adventures in Education (www.aie.org) to find out more about the factors to consider in choosing the best college for your child. Then use their Internet resources section (at the bottom of the page) for sites to help you find schools that match your criteria.