Few high school counselors are prepared to guide first-generation, minority students to college, writes Patrick O’Connor, past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. College counseling is especially weak at urban and rural schools with predominantly low-income students, he writes.
Parents who aren’t college educated can’t guide their children through the process. Many first-generation students don’t know about application fee waivers or financial aid options; they don’t understand the trade-offs between enrolling at community college, a state university or a private college. They need help.
Via College Bound.