Visiting colleges — even when you can’t go in person
College visits are an essential part of the application process. Use these tips to make these visits happen — even if you can’t afford to be there in person.
How learning a foreign language builds tolerance
Learning another language is associated with a host of benefits — including building cultural competence.
The secret to improving SAT scores
Did your teen get a low PSAT, SAT, or ACT score? Don’t panic. Everyone can improve their scores. Two experts share their secrets for helping teens learn how to rock these tests.
Understanding college admissions tests
College admissions tests have long been a rite of passage for high school students, but today’s ACT and SAT look very different from the tests parents remember. Here’s how they have changed.
Struggles many first-generation college students face
As a former first-generation college student who is now a professor, I have experience with the struggles that many first-generation students encounter on campus.
Stepping it up the summer after 10th grade
You may think all of your child’s college prep work happens during the school year, but what your teen does during the summer can be a total game changer.
Planning your teen's summer after 9th grade
How teens spend their time over the summer can be excellent fodder for college essays and applications. Now’s the time to strategically plan your ninth grader’s summer.
Organizations that want to help first-gen college students find the right school
These groups want to help high-need, low-income, minority, and first-to-college students find the right school — and the funds to finance it.
Doing a January grade check with your 9th grader
Those grades, they matter. If your child will be the first in your family to go to college, then now is a good time to review your child’s grades and classes.
Doing a January grade check with your 10th grader
Grades count for college. With a new report card in hand, now is a good time to review your child’s grades and classes together.
The first five steps on the road to college
What's the key to getting your kids into college? Start early and stick to a plan.
Community college conundrum
It's cheap, it's easy, but is it a path to higher education? One mother finds out when her dropout son enrolls.
What you need to know about the ELL label
One checked box can doom a child to low-level classes for years. Here's what you need to know about the ELL label.
Skipping college costs students millions over a lifetime.
It's millions of dollars lost to the person without a college degree — and the loss comes in more than salary.
7 basic steps parents can take to help kids get to college
Here's how you can support your child's dream of going to college.
5 resources for first-gen college students
Being the first in the family to go to college comes with unexpected challenges. These programs can help students overcome obstacles and thrive in college.