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Effective family engagement for college
preparation involves early awareness and
information to make the right choices and plans about high school coursework, family savings, work and earnings, and college options. An external evaluation on College Knowledge Academy, conducted by Dr. William Perez from Claremont College of Education, found the program significantly impacted parents’ and students’ confidence, college knowledge, and communication. The three year evaluation helped to decrease college attendance and financial aid concerns. In addition, the College Knowledge Academy programs increased participants:
• Valuing of schooling
• College preparation confidence
• Parent/child/school communication
• College requirement knowledge

Effective college preparation involves early
awareness and information. Parents and students from underrepresented groups are consistently the most misinformed about college costs, financial aid, and are likely to lack specific types of “college knowledge” that are necessary to navigate the complex college planning process.