PUSD-to-College Program Series

PEN is proud to partner with College Access Plan (CAP) to offer a series of programs to help families plan for and navigate through high school to college. Topics include: Paying for College, Ultimate College Roadmap, and Finding the Right-Fit College.

Paying for College - (feb. 20, 2019)

No matter what your family income is, all families need to understand how the financial aid system works, how to project what college will actually cost, and what options are available to help pay for college. Whether your child is already in high school or just starting elementary, this free workshop will help you plan and learn about resources that may be available to your student and your family. Presenter Kardia Pinckney is a professional investment advisor who educates families on financial planning for college education and also works with youth in the community to promote workforce readiness and financial literacy. Handouts from this program included Keys to Financial Aid / las Claves de la Ayuda Financiera, How to Pay for College (brochure), and Federal Student Aid at a Glance / Resumen Sobre la Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes. Other resources include:

Finding the "Right Fit" College - (april 9, 2019)

Designed to give parents and students a thoughtful perspective on college options. Led by CAP Executive Director Mo Hyman, a former college professor, and Maureen Gelberg from CollegeWise, who is a PUSD parent, former college admissions officer, and on the board of CAP. Topics covered:

  • a "holistic" approach to college admissions

  • how to identify and research potential college matches for your student

  • your individual questions and specific concerns

Materials from the 2018 program include:

Additional resource links:

ultimate College ROADMAP! - (Nov. 7, 2018)

Because the path to college readiness begins as soon as your child starts high school, this program is designed to prepare parents for the process and let them know what resources are available to them and their students regardless of which PUSD high schools they may attend. An in-depth look at everything you need to help your students develop a plan that will carry them through high school to college and beyond:

  • "A-G" requirements and other course scheduling options

  • How AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment courses fit into the picture

  • Grade-level checklists to keep your plans on track (Download checklists for: Freshman (9th Grade) Year, Sophomore Year, Junior Year, and Senior Year - Fall)

  • SAT, PSAT, ACT, subject tests - which tests to take and when

  • Planning tools to make the college planning and application process easier

View/download pdf of Ultimate College Roadmap presentation. (Note: this is a large file.)

Handouts & presentations from last year include: