If you attended the ASCA Conference or followed the #NOTATASCA twitter posts, school counselors were inspired by the First Lady to reach higher and help first generation students complete their post secondary education. In this post, I would like to share some of the tools and resources that school counselors can use to help your students reach this goal.
I’m First – Tool for First Generation Students to reach their dream of post-secondary options.
Hear Us Out Project – In 2010, a survey was given to high school students in Seattle and Chattanooga regarding college. The results from this survey include information that can help first generation students in their post secondary plans.
Some tips for school counselors:
Start planning for post secondary goals before the junior or senior year.
Provide more education about financial aid.
Talk to all students about post-secondary options early as possible.
Include the family of lower income students in your conversations.
College Goal Sunday – Consider holding a free event to assist families in applying for the FAFSA.
Each year, our county participates in this free event where families are invited to attend. At the event, parents and students are able to get free assistance in completing the FAFSA, offered financial aid resources for college, and students can even win a scholarship for attending the event!
Education Planner – Use this free resource to help high school students learn and explore careers. Students can see the fastest growing jobs in the nation, career videos, and take career assessments.
Cappex – Assist students in finding scholarships that match their interests and strengths.
College Grazing – A resource that provides free surveys and provides lesson plans for school counselors to use with students in grades 9-12.
College Week Live – Free resource to help students connect with college admission counselors.
Apply to College Early Event – Create and hold an event to help seniors to apply to college early. At this event, invite college representatives and volunteers. We have a state-wide event each year, but consider creating your own using our state guide.
National College Fairs – Free college fairs around the US that allow students to meet and talk with college recruiters.