Types of Colleges
Choosing a College
Cost of College
Paying For It
Long Range Plan
following guide to helping your child prepare for college was put together by
the U.S. Department of Education. We have mirrored it here for your convenience.
American colleges and universities are the "jewels" of education
worldwide. The United States boasts a higher education system so excellent that
"studying abroad" is an option -- not a necessity -- for students in
In order to put such educational excellence within reach of your children,
you and your family can do a lot to help your students properly prepare -- both
academically and financially. First, your child will need to study hard at every
level and take the courses in middle school and high school that lay the
foundation for succeeding in college-level courses. Second, it is important for
you and your child, at every level, to try to put money aside for college and to
be well informed about sources of student financial aid for college.
This resource book is designed to help you plan ahead -- with your child and
your child's teachers and counselors -- to ensure he or she is prepared
academically for the rigors of college and to save now and plan financially for
the costs of a college education.
Because of the growing importance of a college education in today's rapidly
changing economy, State governments, colleges, and the U.S. Department of
Education (the largest supplier of student financial aid in America) are
searching for better ways to provide financial aid to qualified students. For
example, just in the past three years, proposals to improve the student college
loan program, increase the maximum Pell grant, and create the national service
AmeriCorps program have been made by President Clinton and passed by Congress.
Still under consideration are proposals to allow a tax deduction for college
tuition, increase the availability of work study opportunities to serve one
million students annually, and help students and teachers have better access to
technology in elementary and secondary classrooms.
To better prepare students to meet college requirements, many schools are
committing themselves to strengthen their curricula, raise their standards in
core subjects, and build local partnerships for better schools. A number of
schools, entire communities, and States have begun addressing these challenges.
President Clinton has also proposed other education initiatives that have been
passed by bipartisan votes in Congress, to give parents, teachers, and
principals additional opportunities to upgrade their local schools. The Goals
2000: Educate America Act is a source of funds to start up school improvement
plans initiated and implemented by local schools and communities. Also, the
Improving America's Schools Act provides resources to schools needing extra help
in teaching basic skills and, through its Eisenhower Professional Development
Program, can help provide teachers with the training they need to teach to
higher standards. The "venture funds" in the School-to-Work
Opportunities Act can be used to link high schools, community colleges, and
employers to give students new career pathways.
We recognize that the American family is the rock on which a solid education
can and must be built. Thirty years of research clearly shows that family and
community involvement in children's learning is key for getting children on the
right path in life. To promote better support for families in education, we have
formed the Family Involvement Partnership for Learning, which consists of 250
parent, religious, business, and education organizations dedicated to creating
"family-friendly" schools, businesses, and communities. Materials
about the Partnership may be of interest to you and are available by calling
Ultimately, the success of our students depends on the commitment of family
members like you who are teaming up with other families, teachers, and your
child's principal to improve your schools, and are taking the time to work
directly with your children in order to help them learn and grow. Thank you for
your interest in this book and for your commitment to the education of our
Nation's youth. We hope that you find Preparing Your Child for College to
be a valuable resource that will make a difference in your child's life.
Richard W. Riley
U.S. Secretary of Education
From: "Preparing Your Child for
College" Copyright© 2000-01 The U.S. Department of Education, All