parents and kids

College is a huge transition and a big responsibility for students. Students must be prepared to assume responsibilities such as meeting class requirements, studying/completing assignments, and learning strategies/study techniques for their college coursework. Our faculty and staff can assist in this new endeavor.

What can I do as a parent to help my son/ daughter transition to college?
  1. Talk to your student about selecting a college and why he/she wants to come to Foothill College.
  2. Come up with a communication plan
    You student is treated as an adult once he/she enrolls in college. This means grades and finances are no longer communicated directly to the parent but to the student. Come up with a communication plan. How will you communicate about grades, finances or other personal issues? What are some ways your student can share this information to you? How can you ask these questions with sensitivity and care?
  3. Define responsibilities for your student
    College can be daunting but also a safe place for students to learn to take responsibility for themselves. You and your student can discuss what parts of the college process they can be responsible for. For instance, your student may:
    1. Arrange and schedule appointments for placement testing, or academic counseling,
    2. Arrange for their own transportation to Foothill College for any appointments,
    3. Compile any documents they may need for appointments such as transcripts, medical documentation, photo ID,
    4. Decide if he/she would like invite a parent or advocate to participate in any counseling or other school meetings.
    5. Select and schedule their classes with the help of a counselor.
  4. Mentor your student by discussing school options such as classes, major, scheduling. Be careful not to "take over" this decision making process!
  5. Role play with your student to prepare them for appointments with school officials such as counselors.
  6. Address your student's worries with him/her directly first. Brainstorm and problem solve with them and encourage them to take steps to remedy the situation. If you feel it's necessary to contact a school official, encourage your student to arrange for a meeting.
Parent Guide to Foothill
  • Admission and Registration
    Here's where your student can apply to become a Foothill Student
  • Dates and Deadlines
    When are the important dates for your student such as registration dates, withdrawal dates etc?
  • Final Exam Information
    When are finals?
  • Financial Aid
    Here's information to financial aid such as FAFSA, scholarships and other ways to finance your education.
  • MyPortal
    MyPortal is where your student accesses information such as his/her class schedules, tuition costs, registers for and drops classes.
  • Placement Testing
    Schedule your placement test here. This is especially important for first year Foothill students so that your counselor can help place your student in the right class.
  • Tuition and Billing
    How much will it cost to go to Foothill College?
Other Useful Links:
Differences between Secondary Education and Higher Education/ Postsecondary Education
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs
Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A guide for High School Educators
Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities
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