Successfully navigating the path to college requires both preparation for college academics and practical knowledge of the college entry process. For students who face challenges in either or both of these areas, the guidance and support they receive in high school plays a major role in their postsecondary access and success. High schools can improve long-term post secondary outcomes by preparing students academically for the rigors of college-level work, establishing a process to regularly assess and intervene to keep students on track for college, building a community of supportive adults and peers who foster college aspirations, and offering students and families assistance in the college entry process from choosing the right school to securing financial aid.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do.

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College Application Support Assessment Tool

District and school leaders can use this tool to conduct an assessment of the supports available to students for applying to college and for financial aid. The assessment can help schools identify...

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College Application Planner

Teachers, counselors, and other school-based personnel can use this planning tool to track activities that facilitate students’ college application process. This tool can be useful in identifying...

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07/11/2014
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Learning Together: Supporting Students in the Financial Aid Process

This workshop guide can be used to help school-based personnel understand how to support students in applying for and securing financial aid for college. Participants learn new strategies for...

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07/11/2014
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Paying and Saving for College

This handout, created for the University of California Early Academic Outreach Program, explains options for paying for college to students and their families. The handout includes definitions of...

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07/10/2014
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College Search Form

This chart allows students to research and compare colleges in order to find the school that best meets their needs. Students can also identify and track their progress completing scholarship...

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07/10/2014
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High School Planning Calendar

This planning calendar guides students in grades 9-12 in making the most out of their high school career. It suggests tasks, activities, and assessments students should be completing each month...

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07/10/2014
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Summer 2009: Making Your Summer Count

This document is completed by students at the end of their junior year to help them develop their summer plans in preparation for applying for colleges. View Using Checkpoints to Guide Students...

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07/10/2014
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College Admissions Flow Chart

This flow chart is used in documenting and managing the college admissions process. It shows the steps in a decision-tree format. This diagram can give a step-by-step solution to a given problem....

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07/10/2014
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Overcoming Fears Around Paying for College

Overcoming Fears Around Paying for College

This school coordinator discusses strategies for conducting activities to help students and their families prepare for the financial aspects of college. Workshops help students know how to apply...

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07/10/2014
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Parent Flyers: College Application Process

This collection of flyers and announcements is disseminated to notify parents of upcoming workshops and events and to help them understand the college application and financial aid processes. View...

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07/10/2014
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College Preparation Checklist

Beginning in ninth grade, counselors give this checklist to all students that outlines steps to be ready to enter college. The video Walking Students Through the Application Process describes how...

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07/10/2014
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College Seminar Class Syllabus

Seniors at Crossland High School are required to participate in a college seminar course. This syllabus outlines the course requirements and provides a timeline of the topics and major deadlines....

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07/10/2014
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