Mapping Your Future: Top 10 early awareness tools to help students, parents

COVID-19 information and resources


Top 10 early awareness tools to help students, parents

August 31, 2012

10. Guidance regarding saving for college: With the increasing cost of higher education, saving for college becomes even more important.

Students and parents can use this content to develop a savings plan for their students.

9. Career exploration information and tools: Students can use some of these tools and review content that will help them explore different careers, exposing them to almost an endless possibility and learn what it takes to achieve career goals.

8. School selection advice: There are several things students need to take into consideration, beyond attending the school that is their parent’s alma mater, or favorite football team, when selecting which college or university to attend. This information helps takes students through different steps to make the best decision.

7. Information about paying for school: Students and parents are able to learn about programs that can help with the cost of education, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

6. Money management tools: Students are able to determine their financial fitness, get advice on the wise use of credit cards, learn how to manage debt, and access information on credit reports and investment options.

5. Budget calculator: Students can use this calculator to develop a realistic budget before starting college.

4. CareerShip®: Students can review careers by cluster, visit the featured career, match careers to interests, or search for a particular career.

For each career, access tasks, wages, career outlook, education, knowledge, skills, and similar careers.

3. Success in College guide: Students can learn how to achieve higher education goals and be a success in college.

2. Show Me the Future®
Students can prepare for the future by playing this life skills and financial literacy game. It helps players understand the cost of living, budgeting, the difference between wants and needs, and the importance of financial planning.

And the number one early awareness tool is . . .

Guide to Life after High School
The Guide to Life after High School is an online education program at It covers a variety of life skills,
college preparations, financial aid, and financial literacy topics.

Four different versions of the guide are available: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

The freshman guide focuses more on choosing a career and preparing for college (academic and financial), with only an overview of financial aid. The senior guide contains more details about financial aid programs and application procedures.

Sign up today and have your students complete the guides.