Absolving the Roadblocks
Once you have found out why your high school student does not want to go to college, you can help to take away the roadblocks in their path, so they have better chances of going. Here are a few common concerns of high school students, and suggestions to help them.
Money- Money can be a big issue for students as they start to think about college. However, there are many options out there for them, such as student loans, scholarships, grants, and student jobs. Many students manage to get out of college debt free with a combination of these things, even without parental support. It is also worthy to note that Community Colleges are a great place to start with reduced tuition costs.
Grades- Many students struggle with grades for a variety of reasons. The important thing is to get them on track. If they are still in High School, they can work on getting the remainder of their grades up with tutoring, study hall, and extra help from their teachers and peers. The important thing is to encourage them and believe in them. This is another area where community college is a great place to start, as their GPA requirements are often lower.
Can't Decide on a Career- Often people still don't know what they want to do even when they graduate college. That is still acceptable. If this is something they are worried about, most colleges offer undecided majors, and have counselors that encourage them to take a variety of classes until they find ones they take interest in.
Burn Out- Students often get burnt out after high school. Some helpful suggestions for this are to take fewer credits, so they can have more time for themselves, or take fun and creative classes their first semester. Try to steer them from taking a year off if possible, as students often do not return, and if they do, they often do not end up graduating.