5 Resources to Encourage Your Students to Pursue Higher Education

Today is College Signing Day, the day we celebrate high school seniors across the country who have chosen to take control of their future and commit to higher education.

College Signing Day is a now an annual tradition thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. So how can you encourage your students to reach higher? Here are five resources you can use to support your students as they take charge of their future and pursue their education.

  1. American College Application Campaign

The American College Application Campaign aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing higher education by helping high school seniors navigate the college admissions process. The program ensures that each of its participants applies to at least one post secondary institution and hosts efforts in all 50 states.

  1. National Association for College Admission Counseling

This step-by-step guide from the National Association for College Admission Counseling lays out a plan of action, starting at grade 9, to help students see college as a viable option for the future. With sessions that focus on academic and personal goal setting, the college search and application process, and curriculum and testing, this toolkit is a great way to build awareness about college and help students plan for their education past high school.

  1. In Like Me

In Like Me is a hub of free college admissions resources related to planning, applications, and student aid. With essay prompts, practice tests, and advice from students and counselors, In Like Me is a valuable resource when it comes to the college admissions process.

  1. Federal Student Aid

A lack of money shouldn’t be a barrier to pursuing higher education. The Federal Student Aid program offers tips, checklists, and resources to make it easier for students to receive the money they need to pay for college.

  1. Your own experience

When it comes to inspiring your students to pursue higher education don’t discount your own experience having done the same thing. Hearing directly from someone who has navigated the complex college admissions process may be just the motivation they need to embark on a similar journey.

What resources have you found valuable when it comes to encouraging your students to see college as an option? Share your comments below!