It is important that students be supported and guided through the post-secondary preparation and application process. Parents and families can serve as a great support source by providing knowledge and assistance with the various steps needed to take before entering a post-secondary institution. Below are a few tips for parents and families when assisting your students:

Sign up for parent/family workshops at the Mesa Counts on College Access Center here.

Supply your child with the necessary financial information needed to apply for financial aid and support (i.e. annual income, completed tax documents, social security numbers, marriage/divorce dates)

Offer your support and help as needed.

Keep discussions open about the different colleges and their requirements for admission.

Help maintain schedules regarding application deadlines.

Assist with college research methods.

Work on the financial arrangements that will support the college education. Explain any financial boundaries or geographic limits to your child.

Get educated. Visit websites where free information is available to parents and students.

Assist your child with scheduling campus tours as most campuses offer free tours.

Review your student’s college application to insure that they are complete and correct to avoid delays.

It is vital that assistance continues beyond the preparation and application process; families and parents must continue to support their students as they navigate their college experience towards a college degree.