The start of fall is a good time for students, and parents, to start planning for college. The University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) invited parents to a college and career planning meeting Saturday morning.
The meeting is part of the Educational Talent Search -- a program which offers tutoring and study skills workshops for middle and high school kids, along with college prep services. Saturday's meeting is intended to get parents involved in the process.
The ETS counselors spend a lot of time at high schools and middle schools, but the information about scholarships doesn't always get passed on to parents. That's something one mother found out the hard way last year, as she and her student were going through financial aid information. In a packet from ETS, she discovered several scholarship applications which had already expired.
"She was really surprised that he was given this information and didn't do anything with it. And he was the caliber of student that he could have easily gotten at least one of those scholarships," said Cliff Coney.
Coney said now is the time for seniors to think about re-taking, the ACT test. This is also a good time to look and apply for potential scholarships.
For more information about the ETS program, stop by or call the UNI-CUE office in downtown Waterloo.