College helps students learn more about their interests, themselves, and the world. It also gives them greater opportunities, such as more career options and possibly a higher paying job. Every student can go to college and should have the opportunity to go. Getting into a college is just the first step. College is a significant life change, and you can help make sure your child graduates from college.
College-Eligible vs. College-Ready
These students have everything the college requires, and they will be accepted into a program.
These students will also be college-eligible. However, they will also have some skills that will help them succeed in the program and graduate on time.
Your Child is College-Ready If They Are:
• A Critical Thinker
• Not afraid to ask questions
• Able to solve life problems or search for help when needed
In addition to those skills, college-ready students will likely meet some of the academic milestones in this chart:
To help your child become college-ready, your family might begin talking about college as early as possible. For example, you might have conversations as a family as to why you want your child to go to college and all of the great possibilities they can have with a degree. You could talk to your child about the value of a college degree and your expectation for him or her to continue education after high school. This helps create a college-bound identity early on.