It's My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training Guide
A Guide for Transition Services from Casey Family Programs

Young people planning for postsecondary education or training face simultaneous complex planning challenges. It’s My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training gives busy professionals the recommendations, strategies, and resources they need to improve their work preparing young people for college access and success. It is a valuable resource for child welfare professionals and others who work with youth of transition age.

It's My Life: Financial Aid
For those primarily interested in helping young people find funding sources for college or vocational training, Casey also provides It's My Life: Financial Aid, a 30-page excerpt from the guide.

It’s My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training
The complete guide includes:

  • A wealth of Web links to online resources on preparation, study skills, financial aid, and student housing
  • A comprehensive guide to standardized tests
  • A step-by-step plan for applying for financial aid
  • Resources for students with special needs
  • Checklists for students in each secondary grade level

It’s My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training also provides eight recommendations and numerous strategies for helping young people begin and succeed in postsecondary programs. The recommendations include:

  • Fostering high postsecondary aspirations
  • Encouraging long-term educational and career planning
  • Stressing rigorous academic preparation
  • Supporting students in taking standardized tests
  • Supporting students in choosing, applying for, and enrolling in postsecondary education
  • Helping students obtain adequate financial aid
  • Engaging young adults who have missed out on postsecondary preparation
  • Helping students adjust to and complete their college program