Parents

You know your student has what it takes to get to college.  Help them create a plan to get into and graduate from college.  Get the information you need to get them started.

As a parent, you want your child to reach their full potential and support them every way possible.  Below are resources to help you and your child prepare for college and beyond.

Parental Involvement

Types of Parental InvolvementGeneral Tips on Parental Involvement

  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and counselors. You can do this via email, phone, or face-to-face. Create a positive relationship with them to help support your child.
  • Take 2 or 3 hours out of your day to sit down and study with your child.
  • Check your child’s grades on a regular basis.
  • Join the school’s Parent/Teacher/Student organization/association at your child’s school (PTA/PTO/PTSO, etc.)
  • Always encourage your child regardless of whether they are doing well or not so well in school.
  • Attend workshops offered by the school, especially on topics catered to parents.
  • Encourage your child to join after school activities, such after-school tutoring, sports, and clubs.
  • Be aware of important school events and/or deadlines for your child.
  • Eat breakfast with your child in the morning before they leave to school.
  • Discuss your child’s day at school during dinner.
  • Be a chaperone on school field trips/school events.
  • Volunteer at school-hosted events.
  • Give your opinion on an issue or topic that involves your child’s education.

Nevada PTA offers tips and resources for parents to get involved and make a difference in their child’s life.

Understanding Financial Aid

Watch the video below for an overview of the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that you and your child should file to see what types of financial aid are available. It is free and quick. If you need help or have any questions regarding the FAFSA, refer to the website for more information.

Federal Student Aid (FSA)
This website provides useful information on how to pay for college, what financial aid options are available, who qualifies, and the steps on how to apply for it.

FAFSA4caster
The FAFSA4Caster is a tool for you to use as an early eligibility estimator for federal student aid. To find out what your child is eligible for, refer to the following link and provide your basic information.

A fact sheet about financial aid and undocumented students. For questions and answers, please refer to the PDF files.

GTC – Nevada Savings Plan (529 Plan)
Another way to help support your child going to college is through the Nevada College Savings Plan (also known as the 529 Plan). This education savings plan is designed for parents to set aside funds for their child’s future college expenses.

Tuition Tracker
Tuition Tracker is a tool designed to help parents and students understand the difference between sticker price and net price. It shows students what they would most likely pay for college based on their family’s income. This tool allows students to search and compare colleges and universities across the country.

College Planning Checklists for Parents

Community Resources Outside of GEAR UP

Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
You can find various information on child support, child care, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), financial help, and medical programs on this website. For more information and details, please visit the website.

Department of Health and Human Services
You can find information regarding medical assistance, mental health assistance and food assistance on this website. For more information and details, please visit the website