Plan for Education with Your Teen
Planning for your teen's education is important and exciting. It can also be complicated.
Your teen is likely to want some type of education after high school. You can make a big difference in helping to sort out all of the options.
Education Options After High School
Education pays off. More education means higher wages, more career options, and many other benefits. High school is an important time to prepare for education and training that comes later. Explore the many options that exist.
Education Resources for People with Disabilities
Families with children with disabilities will want to learn about early intervention, transition services for youth, and access to higher education.
Before deciding on an education or career path, encourage your teen to "test drive" a job. Work-based learning, like internships and apprenticeship, lets students gain knowledge and skills. It also connects what they're learning in school to real-life work activities.
Types of Minnesota Schools
"Going to college" can mean a lot of different things. Today, colleges vary from traditional four-year universities to two-year colleges to short-term job training to online programs. Which one best matches your teen's goals?
College and Major Choice
Simply graduating from college might not be enough to get the job your teen wants. Choosing the right program of study or major increases your teen's work skills. It also increases his or her chances of college success.
Taking classes or earning a degree online has become a popular option for high school and college students. But is it the best option for your teen?
Applying to College
Admission to a school is an exciting and sometimes complicated journey. Know what to expect and what is expected of you so that the process can be as smooth as possible.
Learn how credits earned at one school might transfer to another school or program.
Saving for College
Every dollar that you save for college lowers the amount that your teen may have to borrow. Whatever your current income, there are many savings and investment options to consider.
Paying for College
Worried about paying for college? It's true that college costs are rising, but there is help available. Loans, scholarships, grants, and other types of financial aid make higher education affordable for millions of students. Regardless of your family's financial situation, most students qualify for some type of aid.
Parent and Student Activities (660KB, .pdf)
Print out our fun and innovative activities to do your child or teen. These activities will help the both of you learn more about budgeting and saving for college, applying for college, and researching occupations.