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The Four Steps to College

  1. Be a pain – Let everyone know that you’r’e going to college and need their help.
  2. Push yourself – Working a little harder today will make getting into college even easier.
  3. Find the right fit – Find out what kind of school is the best match for you and your career goals.
  4. Put your hands on some cash – If you think you can’t afford college, think again. There’s lots of aid out there.

Young people in all socio-economic groups have college aspirations. In fact, eight out of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But despite their aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses. Studies show these students often lack the guidance they need to prepare for postsecondary education.

In order to turn these students’ college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007.

Whether you’’re a parent, guardian, teacher, mentor or other caring adult, chances are there’’s a teen in your life who wants to go to college. You can help your teen succeed by taking time to learn about college planning and financing. Together, you and the teen you care about can share this important goal and achieve it.