STEP 5: College Success

Academic Counselors and Staff

A drastic difference between college and high school is that youth must learn to advocate for themselves. We cannot stress enough the importance of students accessing counselors, tutors, and teachers throughout their college experience. Counselors can guide students to avoid certain pitfalls for new students, guide a student towards what classes to take, and give useful career advice and tips. Speaking to teachers gives a student insight on how they can succeed in a specific class. And lastly, many colleges have free tutors available, students should never wait until the last minute to ask for help.

Additional On-Campus Support Services and Programs

There are many programs and services on a college campus to provide youth with assistance so as to be successful at their school and in life.  Listed below are just a few to become familiar with and learn about at the schools the student is applying for. Each offer benefits that can include paying for books, parking permits, tutoring, individual counseling, childcare grants, transfer services and many other educational support services.

  • EOP – a program designed to assist low income and/or educationally disadvantaged students with admission, financial aid and academic support
  • TRIO – a national program dedicated to assisting 1st generation college students, low-income and physically/learning disabled students
  • CARE –  A program designed to help single-parent students who are TANF or CalWorks recipients succeed in college
  • Financial Aid Office – where to go to get assistance getting your financial aid
  • School Counselors – advise you as to what classes to take to achieve goals. Provide information on support services