A Hawkeye Parent's Guide to Planning for College

By following our simple guide, you can be sure to help your son or daughter make a successful transition from high school to college.

August - September

  • Check out the options: Encourage your child to meet with their guidance counselor about their college options. Hawkeye offers more than 45 programs to help your child find the “right fit”.

  • Get organized: Categorize each college’s information in a file folder to aid your child in making their college decision.

  • Be supportive: Choosing a college can be one of the most difficult decisions your child will have to make. Be supportive and help your child set goals and plan for the future.

  • Start talking to your child about college costs: Agree on a budget for who is going to cover the expenses and where the money is going to come from.

  • Encourage your child to meet with a Hawkeye admissions representative at his or her high school.

  • Encourage your child to register for the ACT or COMPASS assessment.

October – December

January – March

April – May

  • Send final high school transcript to Admissions.

  • If your child took college-level classes during high school send an official college transcript to receive possible college credit.

  • If accepted, encourage your child to check his or her Hawkeye email to sign up for a MORE session to register for classes.

  • Help your child finalize housing.

June – August



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