Every parent wants the best for their child and that includes the best education they can provide.
Help your child succeed by supporting them as they learn the life-long logistical and organizational skills that applying and attending a college requires.
There are two main ways you can make sure your child gets the education they deserve. First, help them keep track of all the important deadlines and plan ahead.
Provide them with a paper calendar planner or help them find one online that they like. During their senior year of high school, take an afternoon to help them find out all the dates they’ll need to keep track of- this includes dates for filling out their federal financial aid application (FAFSA), the dates for SAT or ACT testing, the application deadlines for colleges, ¡HACER! workshops for testing and financial aid preparation, as well as other college readiness events. (link to ¡HACER! calendar).
Our section for high school students is designed to help visitors find out more about all the crucial steps in applying for college:
If your child is planning to transfer to a new school, be sure to read through this page which is full of resources for transfer students, who face a unique set of challenges as they move to a new school.
The second and perhaps most influential step you can take as a parent is to encourage your student. High school students may put off applying for college because they are frightened of the financial aspect of attending school or because they are not sure which program they want to study. The College Readiness Institute has stories about real college students and tools to help high school students match their talents to a career.
Encouraging your student to explore their interests and removing their barriers to seeing themselves as a college student will go a long way to making sure that your child makes the best choices for themselves and their future. During their high school years, talk to them about their interests and inspire them to determine what skills and talents they possess. There is a variety of online aptitude tests that students can take for free to learn about their strengths and weaknesses, match their skills to potential careers and find out which fields they are best suited to work within.
Talk to other parents and search online for free workshops and mentoring programs that can help your child gain the knowledge and skills to succeed. ¡HACER! is here to support parents and students and so are our partners (link to partner page). Keep an eye out for these helpful and free resources, and if possible, attend along with your student.
Research shows that children who have parents advocating for them and raising their self-expectations are more likely to attend and complete college. Just being there as a supporter during this often stressful and confusing time can make a big difference to your child as they take the first steps towards holding a degree.