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Author(s):American Council on Education
Title:Guide for parents: Ten steps to prepare your child for college
Organization:American Council on Education
Short Description:These steps cover a plan for affording college tuition and encouraging the development of young students.
Annotation:These steps help parents plan for affording college tuition by encouraging them to start saving when children are in elementary school. These guidelines also help parents to encourage scholastic and career development with their children through high school years.
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Career Development
College Access Program Curricula and Instructional Resources
College and Career Planning (for Parents)
Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
National College Access Organizations
Parent/Family Involvement and Community Engagement
Preparation/College Readiness

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The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring
Accounting for socioeconomic differences in delaying the transition to college
Redesigning community colleges for completion: Lessons from research on high performance organizations
Keeping students enrolled: How community colleges are boosting financial resources for their students
Promoting postsecondary educational success for adults and families-A practical partnership guide
America's Promise Alliance dropout prevention summits
The differential impact of wealth vs. income in the college-going process
Presidential leadership for public policy: A special report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Public school choice in the District of Columbia: A descriptive analysis
Who wins? Who pays? The economic returns and costs of a Bachelor's degree
Is college worth it? College presidents, public assess value, quality and mission of higher education
The effects of in-state tuition for non-citizens: A systematic review of the evidence
Priced out: How the wrong financial-aid policies hurt low-income students
The role of mentoring in college access and success
Teacher voices: Immigration, language and culture
Family literacy: A valuable gateway to postsecondary education
En camino (on our way): Educational toolkit for families
A measured approach to improving teacher preparation
Trends in the receipt of Pell Grants: Selected years 1995-96 to 2007-08
Why 529 college savings plans favor the fortunate
Ready by 21 case study: Massachusetts
A parent's guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
State Policies Affecting the “Adult Re-Entry Pipeline” in Postsecondary Education: Results of a Fifty-State Inventory
The relevance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the college completion agenda
Merit aid for undergraduates: Trends from 1995-96 to 2007-08
Trends in community college education: Enrollment, prices, student aid, and debt levels
Impacting college-going and completion rates in your community: Taking a systems approach
Staying on track: Early findings from a performance-based scholarship program at the University of New Mexico
Whose schools? Our schools! Get involved: An action guide for parent participation in education
Making summer count: How summer programs can boost children's learning
Affordability and transfer: Critical to increasing Baccalaureate degree completion
Debt to degree: A new way of measuring college success
41st annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2009-2010 Academic year
Parent involvement and extended learning activities in school improvement plans in the Midwest region
Five ways education pays initiative
College hopes and worries survey
How America pays for college 2011
On the road to success
Statewide aid policies to improve college access and success
Overcoming obstacles to college attendance and degree completion: Toward a pro-college savings agenda
Taking action for America: A CEO plan for jobs and economic growth: A skilled, prepared workforce
Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
The best of two worlds: Lessons from a community college-community organization collaboration to increase student success
Rethinking higher education business models: Steps toward a disruptive innovation approach to understanding and improving higher education outcomes
Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states
Beyond need and merit: Strengthening state grant programs
Hiring and higher education: Business executives talk about the costs and benefits of college
What is "career ready"?
Increasing college and career readiness through dual enrollment: Research, policies, and effective practices
Housing wealth and higher education: Building a foundation for economic mobility
42nd Annual survey report on state sponsored student financial aid
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color: Companion workbook
Preserving the federal Pell Grant Program
Getting ready for college: An implementation and early impacts study of eight Texas developmental summer bridge programs
From remediation to acceleration: Early lessons from two Philadelphia back on track schools
Completing the mission: A pilot study of veteran students' progress toward degree attainment in the post 9/11 era
Pathway to recovery: Implementing a back on track through college model
Financial literacy at minority-serving institutions
Find the best colleges for you: Focus on information that matters (English and Spanish Versions)
Federal education tax benefits: Who receives them and to what extent do they shape the price of college attendance?
Testing the impact of Higher Achievement's year-round out-of-school time program on academic outcomes
The American freshman: National norms fall 2011
The roll of Pell grants in access, persistence and completion
Dramatically bringing down the cost of education with OER: How open education resources unlock the door to free learning
Preparing students for college and career: Linked learning in California
Common Standards: The Time Is Now
Toward reduced poverty across generations: Early findings from New York City's conditional cash transfer program
A new national approach to career navigation for working learners
Improving access to higher education by promoting saving
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions Fall 2008; graduation rates, 2002 and 2005 cohorts; and financial statistics, 2008
Minority student success: The role of teachers in Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses
Career and college planning needs of ninth graders: As reported by ninth graders
False fronts? Behind higher education's voluntary accountability systems
High school career academies: A 40-year proven model for improving college and career readiness
Squeeze play 2010: Continued public anxiety on cost, harsher judgements on how colleges are run
Federal Student Aid: Loan Programs Factsheet
Federal Student Aid: Loan Programs Factsheet (Spanish language version)
How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You
How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You (Spanish language version)
Working too hard to make the grade: How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed
Insuring college failure risk
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet (Spanish language version)
Access and persistence: Fall 2009
Drowning in debt: The emerging student loan crisis
Federal Student Aid Data Center
The facts: Postsecondary access and success
Paying for college success: An introduction to the performance-based scholarship demonstration
Training tomorrow's workforce: Community college and apprenticeship as collaborative routes to rewarding careers
Off to College.com
eCampusTours.com: Paying for College
Does money matter? II
The role of guidance in post-secondary planning
Deciding about post-secondary education: Hearing the voices of non-attendees
Report on the meta-analysis of post-secondary institutional graduate surveys
Post-secondary access and student financial aid in Canada: Current knowledge and research gaps
Easing the middle-class burden: An Examination of the implications of reducing parental contributions to post-secondary study
Future to Discover: Early Implementation Report
Future to discover: Early implementation report -- Executive summary
Funding university education in Ontario: Ontario University applicant survey report
Something's got to give: California can't improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges
Web tables - trends in undergraduate stafford loan borrowing: 1989-90 to 2007-08
College planning for undocumented students
How to support college-bound undocumented students: Advice for parents
Do institutions respond asymmetrically to changes in state need- and merit-based aid?
Tapping HSI-STEM funds to improve Latina and Latino Access to STEM professions
Unions as partners: Expanding the role of organized labor in workforce development
Proposed legislative changes to the post-9/11 GI Bill: Potential implications for veterans and colleges
Working systematically in action: Engaging family and community: A guide for facilitators
Slip sliding away: An anxious public talks about today's economy and the American Dream
Piling it on: The growth of proprietary school loans and the consequences for students
Cracking the student aid code: Parent and student perspectives on paying for college
The (un)productivity of American higher education: From cost "dis-ease"to cost effectiveness
Benefitting whom? For-profit education companies and the growth of military educational benefits
Tuition-setting authority and deregulation at state colleges and universities
The financial aid challenge: Successful practices that address the underutilization of financial aid in community colleges
College and career ready graduation: Strengthening the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Dollars and sense: How "career first" programs like Year Up benefit youth and employers
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for Students
Dual enrollment: Postsecondary/secondary partnerships to prepare students
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Dream vs. reality: An analysis of potential Dream Act beneficiaries
For-profit colleges: Undercover testing finds colleges encouraged fraud and engaged in deceptive and questionable marketing practices
2012: Closing the expectations gap: 50-state progress report on the alignment of K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers
Strategies for improving outcomes for disconnected youth (Executive Summary)
Review of the effects of school vouchers on college enrollment: Experimental evidence from New York City
Denied? The impact of student debt on the ability to buy a house
Making loans work: How community colleges support responsible borrowing
For this place, for these people: An exploration of best practices among charter schools serving native students
The effects of learning communities for students in developmental education
Preparing high school students for college: An exploratory study of college readiness programs in Texas
Profile of 2007-08 first-time bachelor's degree recipients in 2009
Adding it all up in 2012: Are college net price calculators easy to find, use and compare?
A framework for advancing career and technical education: Recommendations for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act
Increasing return on investment from federal student aid
National and regional accreditation information
Feed the Pig Financial Planning for College
Global higher education rankings: Affordability and accessibility in comparative perspective
Thinking college early
Student aid and tax benefits: Better research and guidance will facilitate comparison of effectiveness and student use
A step toward college success: Assessing attainment among Indiana's Twenty-first Century Scholars
Students with disabilities: Preparing for postsecondary education: Know your rights and responsibilities
The policy of choice: Expanding student options in higher education
Rhetoric and reality: Effects and consequences of the HOPE scholarship
Do grants matter?
Just and efficient college finance
It’s all relative: The role of parents in college financing and enrollment
Lumina Foundation focus: Restricted access: The doors to higher education remain closed to many deserving students
Access for all? Debating in-state tuition for undocumented alien students
Held back: How student aid programs fail working adults
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
Parental involvement: An annotated bibliography of online resources
Higher education for undocumented students: The case for open admission and in-state tuition rates for students without lawful immigration status
ACSFA policy brief: The toolbox and student aid policy
College costs estimator service
Diversity and persistence in Indiana higher education: The impact of preparation, major choices, and financial aid
Parental involvement: Why it matters, how to get it
State higher education finance: FY 2004
Lumina Foundation focus: Dreams detoured: Rising college costs alter plans and threaten futures
The challenges of financial aid awareness and college access
Missed opportunities revisited: New information on students who do not apply for financial aid
ACT, Inc.
National college access network
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
Education Online Search
College Prep 101
Parent involvement in schools
Family Education Network: Preparing for College
Get ready for college: A college planning guide and workbook for students in grades 9 through 12
Sallie Mae: College answer
How to help your child prepare for education beyond high school
Measuring up 2006 state report card on education: Indiana
Measuring up 2006
NIH loan repayment programs
The Montgomery GI bill: Less than meets the eye
Grappling with the access problem
High school counselors handbook 2004-05
The big list on parent involvement
Next step magazine
Taxing matters
Re-engaging parents in the middle school: A professional development program for middle schools
Feasibility of a student unit record system within the integrated postsecondary education data system
A summary of research and publications on early childhood for American Indian and Alaska Native children
Helping students make good decisions and act on them: The real meaning of guidance and advisement
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education
Boosters, brokers, and bridges: Real world ideas for college access programs
Low income student scholarships
Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for careers in athletics
Looking for student aid
AB 540 is a change in the law: Higher education is now more affordable for California's immigrant students
PERSIST: A comprehensive guide for student success in higher education
Guia para padres (Guide for parents)
12 Ways adult students can pay for college
What kind of test preparation is best?
Action plan: Educators/Policymakers
Preparing Oklahoma students for the future
Cómo obtener su GED (How to obtain your GED)
Ten ways to help your child become self-reliant
Volunteer opportunities: Helping others can help your child
Your child's high school counselor: Putting it all together
Interpreting ACT assessment scores
Office of Indian education
Financial aid for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students
The contributions of economics to the study of college access and success
National forum to accelerate middle grades reform
Reading to achieve: A governor's guide to adolescent literacy
Georgia's HOPE scholarship and minority and low-income students: Program effects and proposed reforms
Student loan forgiveness programs
Higher education, higher cost and higher debt: Paying for college in the future
Parents are too optimistic about scholarships
Paying back, not giving back: Student debt's negative influence on public service career opportunities
One day I will make it: A study of adult student persistence in library literacy programs
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
The seventh generation: Native students speak about finding the good path
How to motivate students and families to plan for higher education
Reclaiming the American dream
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
Student success: Statewide P-16 systems -- early outreach
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
NDSFA: State financial aid and college access
Building a strong community partnership
The art of student retention
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Access to higher education in Indiana
Career development interventions and academic self-efficacy: A pilot study
American Indian science and engineering society
National Indian Education Association
Position paper on the reauthorization of higher education act
Kiplinger's 100 best values in public colleges
International education commission's top ten
College access: From the inside out
College access marketing campaigns: Influencing college-going behaviors of underrepresented students
Early commitment financial aid programs - Do they increase college access?
Second to none in attainment, discovery, and innovation: The national agenda for higher education
Grants for Individuals: Minorities
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarships
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Corporate Scholarship Program
Fast foward: Find your place - faster
Strengthening state adult education policies for low-skilled workers
Condition of education 2008
Confronting the "new" American dilemma: Underrepresented minorities in engineering: A data-based look at diversity (Executive Summary)
The status of African Americans in engineering: Confronting the "new" American dilemma
Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
Law, Education, Social Services Scholarships
Financial aid myths
2009-10 FAFSA on the web worksheet
2009-10 FAFSA on the web worksheet (Spanish Version)
The iron triangle: College presidents talk about costs, access and quality
Tuition equity legislation: Investing in Colorado high school graduates through equal opportunity to postsecondary education
Apply to succeed: Ensuring community college students benefit from need-based financial aid
NASFAA's cash for college
Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. Careers for the Future Scholarship 2009-2010
Creating postsecondary pathways to good jobs for young high school dropouts: The possibilities and the challenges
Federal access policies and higher education for working adults
Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis inthe U. S. workforce
Given half a chance: The Schott 50 state report on public education and black males
Indiana Partnerships Center
Pushing the envelope: State policy innovations in financing postsecondary education for workers who study
English-Spanish glossary of student financial aid and postsecondary education
Searchable English-Spanish glossary
Black Alliance for Educational Options
Gateway to College
Montgomery GI bill - active duty
Indiana Next: A guide to life after high school
Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans (ISM Loans)
RTI Action Network
Better together: Realigning pre-college skills development programs to achieve greater academic success for adult learners
Helping foster youth and wards of the court complete the FAFSA
The challenge to the states: Preserving college access and affordability in a time of crisis
My future, my way: How to go, how to pay
Race to the top: Promising approaches to achieving college- and career-ready goals
Cost, commitment, and attainment in higher education: An international comparison
National opportunity to learn campaign: State data and analysis
Child trends: Education
Quick facts about financial aid and community colleges, 2007-08
US Department of Veterans Affairs: Yellow Ribbon Program
Rethinking the middleman: Federal student loan guarantee agencies
Ucan: University and college accountability network (search tool to find private colleges and universities by state)
From soldier to student: Easing the transition of service members on campus
A clear and present danger to institutional and student success: A training model for embedding student loan default aversion within strategic enrollment management
How much are college students borrowing?
Employer guide to adult education for work: Transforming adult eduction to build a skilled workforce
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How federal policymakers can address barriers to high school graduation
Getting with the program: Community college students need access to federal loans
The millennium bursary in New Brunswick: Impact on debt and persistence
Telenovelas Educativas
Financing workforce development programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Asking the right questions: A judicial checklist to ensure that the educational needs of children and youth in foster care are being addressed
Inside the admissions process: What happens to your child's applications?
Top 10 tips for college admissions and financial aid
Chicago Public Schools Department of Postsecondary Education
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Forming a college-going community in U.S. public high schools
Achievement trap: How America is failing millions of high-achieving students from lower-income families
State grant aid and it's effects on students' college choices
A postsecondary resource guide for students with psychiatric disabilities
Education watch Indiana: Key education facts and figures 2006
Institutional Student Profiles Fall 2006 for the State of Alabama
Breaking the cycle of poverty starts with learning
Adventures in Education - High School (English and Spanish Versions)
Adventures in Education - Middle School (English and Spanish Versions)
Mission: Possible!
Preparing Your Child for College: A Resource Book for Parents
How to Choose a College: A Guide for the Student with a Disability
Opening doors to earning credentials: Impressions of community college access and retention from low-wage workers
Digest of Education Statistics
Location 101: Where does your child want to live and learn
College affordability for students from low and lower-middle income families
College access for the working poor: Overcoming burdens to succeed in higher education
Hendricks College Network
How well do you know your child?
Your child's college degree options: The right degree for your child's career path
The college search: How you can help your child
Education Finance Council (EFC)'s financial literacy homepage
Education Finance Council
Low-income students and college success: More than money
Communication 101: A toolkit for grantees
2007-08 Directory of colleges cooperating with the SAT program fee-waiver service
The Mind Trust
College View
Explaining financial aid
Delta project on postsecondary education costs, productivity, and accountability
The growing imbalance: Recent trends in U.S. postsecondary education finance
Big ideas dropout prevention strategies: Check and Connect
Consider college now! A handbook for students in middle school and junior high school
Orphan Foundation of America
2007 Guide to applying for financial aid and scholarships
2006-2007 National directory of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino youth
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Youth site
Community college fast facts
Indiana campus compact
A college access contract
Educating English language learners: Implementing instructional practices
Student charges and financial aid: 2006-07
Constrained after college: Student loans and early career occupational choices