Blog: Latino Ed Beat

¡Gradúate! 2.0: White House Releases Graduation Guide Aimed at Hispanics

In what the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is calling a “culturally relevant” resource guide, Latino students and their families could find all they need to know about preparing, applying, paying for and succeeding in college. 

¡Gradúate! 2.0: A College Planning Guide to Success, available in English and Spanish, is the follow up to the first-ever guide of its kind that the Initiative released in 2014 focusing specifically on financial aid. The new guide was released in honor of first-generation college students who are leading the way for future generations of Latino leaders. 

“The good news is that Latinos are graduating high school and enrolling in college at the highest rates in the country’s history, and as of 2012, Latinos are the largest minority group in our nation’s colleges and universities,” the U.S. Department of Education writes in a news release

Yet, only 23 percent of Hispanics who are 25 and older have earned a college degree, it states.

The guide includes tips for students and parents, such as a reminder to check with school counselors about college application fee waivers, which students can qualify for based on their free and reduced-lunch status; what to look for in a college, including the institution’s graduation, job placement, and loan default rates; caution to watch out for “diploma mills,” or unaccredited schools whose degrees are ”worthless”; and required immunizations once they get to campus.

It also walks readers through options such as Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment classes that students can take to earn college credit while still in high school and the differences between the ACT and the SAT exams.

Information about additional resources such as the Department’s College Scorecard, College Navigator, The Common Application and net price calculators also is included.