Just for Parents: Student Success

Meet and get to know your student’s teachers and guidance counselor. They may be the first to notice both positive and/or negative behaviors in your student.


Make sure to remind your student to:

  • Prepare well in advance;
  • Study hard;
  • When preparing for the ACT or SAT, take practice tests; and
  • Retake the ACT or SAT if necessary (most colleges only look at the highest score).


Keep track of important dates and times, such as when your student plans to take the ACT/SAT. Make sure they study, but also that they eat well and get a good night’s sleep beforehand.


Below, you will find more valuable information and checklists from the U.S. Department of Education website on how to save and pay for college, as well as how to prepare your student for college from middle school all the way to high school graduation.

Make sure to remind your student to:

checkMiddle School

It may seem early, but preparing, saving, and looking for the right fit for your student should begin now if it already hasn’t.

check9th Grade

Your student is probably just trying to figure out how to survive in the new environment of high school, and college isn’t even on his or her radar. Make sure it stays on yours as you provide support to them during this stressful time.

check10th Grade

You may have heard of the “Sophomore Slump.” Well, these tips will help you help your student avoid it.

check11th Grade

Senior year is so close that you and your student can hardly wait. But this is the year for college entrance exams, so live in the
moment and help them in any way you can.

check12th Grade

Graduation represents the end of one chapter of your and your student’s lives and the exciting beginning of another. This is the time to encourage him or her to finish strong.

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There are many resources available that you can turn to when trying to help your student find his or her best fit. Here are a few: