Today, in the National Higher Education DayI want to share with you a complete and detailed guide to help you prepare your child for college. I'm Francisco Cantú, college counselor at Best College Aid, and my mission is to guide you through every step of the way to the 2023-24 college application cycle. Ready to get started? Let's get started!

In this comprehensive guide to preparing your child for college, each item on the list includes a brief description followed by a video-blog that expands on each topic in depth. This way, you can get an overview of every important aspect of the college preparation process and then delve into the details through our informative videos. We are committed to providing you with all the information and resources you need to effectively guide your child on their path to higher education.

University Search

The search for suitable colleges is the first step in this journey. Help your child identify institutions that offer the academic programs that interest him or her. Consider factors such as location, college size, campus culture and financial aid opportunities available. A diversified list of options will give your child the freedom to choose and increase the chances of acceptance.

SAT and ACT Test Preparation

Although some colleges are eliminating requirements for standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, many still consider them an integral part of the application. Therefore, it is important to have a solid study plan and dedicate sufficient time to prepare for these tests. Consider enrolling your child in a test preparation course or hiring a private tutor.

As there are a variety of preparation resources available to help students get the best score possible, here we'll share with you our favorite SAT and ACT👇 resources.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities offer your child the opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills outside the classroom. Whether it's sports, music, art, volunteering or school clubs, colleges value students who have shown initiative and leadership in their interests. Make sure your child is participating in activities that they are passionate about and allow them to develop and demonstrate valuable skills.

Compilation of Documents

The college application process can be overwhelming due to the number of documents required. These include transcripts, tax returns and letters of recommendation. Keep all of these documents organized and handy to make the process easier.


Understanding the various forms of financial aid available can significantly ease the financial burden of a college education. Help your child fill out forms such as the FAFSA and CSS Profile to maximize financial aid opportunities. Also, research scholarships and grants for which your child may be eligible.

University Essays

College essays are an excellent opportunity for admissions officers to get to know your child beyond his or her grades and accomplishments. Help your child begin outlining and drafting their essays early. Remember, each essay should be a reflection of their personality, passions and ambitions.

Admission Interviews

Some colleges conduct interviews as part of the admissions process. Prepare your child for these interviews. Practice possible questions with them and make sure they feel comfortable talking about themselves, their experiences, and their academic and career goals.

Early Applications

If your child has a dream college, consider applying early. Early Action or Early Decision options may increase the chances of acceptance, but remember that some of these options may be binding and require a commitment from the student to attend college if accepted.

As you can see, the college preparation process is a journey that requires dedication, planning and a little patience. But you're not in this alone. At Best College Aid, we're here to help you every step of the way.

In celebration of National Higher Education Day 2023, we would like to invite you to register in our free training. In it, we provide you with additional tools and helpful resources to prepare you for this exciting journey to college. Together, we will make your child's college dream a reality. Click on the button below to register and get access to the presentation:

Happy National Higher Education Day!


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