What Are Your Child's Options After High School?
After high school, there are many education options for your child in Texas and across the US. These may include a four-year college or university, a two-year college (often known as a community college or junior college), a trade school, or the US military.
Every post-high school opportunity has long-term benefits and admission requirements; read below to learn more about each one.
Consider Your Options
There are many factors you and your child should consider when deciding these options. It may be helpful to sit down as a family and discuss the options that your child has and consider the following questions:
• What are your child’s interests and passions?
• What skills does your child have, and what skills does your child want to gain?
• What career goals does he or she have?
• Will he or she need flexibility in their schedule?
• Has he or she chosen a career path?
• What can you and your child afford?
Once you and your child have decided which route is best to take, you can begin researching that option to narrow down your school/program choices.
Choosing a Higher Education Program
If you and your child have decided to continue their education at 4 or 2-year college, the following actions
• Affordability – The cost of your child attending the school after reading the financial aid package, scholarship awards, and future burden of any student loans – It’s very dangerous to take out a loan that exceeds one year of salary in the career field.
• Career Alignment – Whether the program matches your child’s career and future goals. Does the school have the programs or courses my child wants to study and have a career in? Is there a similar degree program at another school that has more affordable tuition?
• School Culture – The school environment including factors such as the sizes of classes, what support services are offered on campus, the demographic makeup of the campus, and location of the campus? This is especially important for students who are the first in their families to go to college. Looking at things like involvement in campus activities, opportunities to live on campus, finding a mentor and getting involved in programs can create a better overall college experience.