Grades: To help your child stay on track for college and post-secondary education, keep a close eye on what classes your child takes in high school, starting in the 9th grade. Good grades are important, and colleges and career programs will choose students who perform well.

Explore Colleges and Careers: As Your child’s first and best role-model, it is important that you have conversations about future careers or what they might like to study. Visit colleges in your area and talk about their aspirations for the future. Broadening your child’s perspective by going new places and talking about diverse careers can open up their possibilities.

Paying For It: Parents can start gathering information early on college costs and savings as early as pre-school. While each family is expected to pay something toward their child’s education, there may be financial aid available in the form of grants, and scholarships. A school counselor can help you explore those opportunities early.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be filled out during your child’s senior year, and will determine what financial aid they qualify for, and what their unmet need is. They will need to report parent’s financial information.

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