Start early helping your teen plan for life after high school

If you have a senior, have you gotten this letter in the mail yet?

Idaho is working hard to encourage all of its seniors to further their education after high school. Ideally, Idaho would like those graduates to stay in-state. Next steps Idaho has made the application process simple and free! I was able to help my son apply to Boise State University in under an hour (the-out-of-state schools he applied to, took much longer).

This application process was easier than my experience last year helping my oldest child apply to college. We waited until January to look at his options. When he decided where he wanted to go (BSU), we began the application process. We felt rushed and worried about getting all of the transcripts and documents in before the deadline. He was unable to apply for scholarships because he applied too late. Now that I am a more experienced parent, I understand the importance and benefits of applying early.

  • Has your senior made plans for after high school?
  • Have you discussed the many different options; four-year college, community college, trade school or the military?
  • Have you discussed with your high school kids what they want for their future?
  • Have you discussed the costs?

Maybe what our kids want for their future, is different than what we want for them.

There are a lot of different paths to finding a great career. Some Idaho students have found trade school to be a great way to develop the skills they want, for half the cost of a four-year college. This story highlights families who have found vocational school to be a great fit.

Have you joined any online groups to keep you updated on available college options or scholarships? I joined Mom Knows College on Facebook. Where do you get your help planning for college?  What do your kids want to do after high school?

Melanie Flake

Melanie Flake

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