¡Gradúate! Guide to Success Series

The Initiative has created the ¡Gradúate! Guide to Success Series to help Hispanic students and families navigate the college application process. Check out our two installments: ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success and ¡Gradúate! A College Planning Guide to Success.

¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success

The Guide provides recommended steps for the college enrollment process, helpful tips on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and key financial aid resources available to better support Hispanics, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non U.S. citizen students, in their efforts to access a postsecondary education.

Research suggests that current federal financial aid efforts are not adequate and that not enough Latinos seeking college enrollment take advantage of key resources available. Data also indicates that more than ever before, Latinos are graduating high school and enrolling in college at higher rates. Yet only 15 percent of Latino adults hold a bachelor’s degree. Informing Hispanics about the financial resources available and helping them enroll in and graduate from college is key to ensure their postsecondary success.

The Guide highlights the following:

  • Planning for College: Recommended steps of action for high school students, such as enrolling in challenging courses and completing the FAFSA in order to receive federal financial aid.
  • Choosing the Right College: Resources like the College Scorecard, Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, and College Navigator help students navigate the college planning and selection process to find the right one for them.
  • FAFSA 101: Information on the FAFSA, the primary form that must be filled out annually to apply for federal financial aid, and key deadlines for submission.
  • Financial Aid: Descriptions of the various federal financial aid programs available to help students pay for college such as grants, federal work-study and federal student loans.
  • Scholarships:  List of some scholarships available, including scholarships for students pursuing careers in the teaching and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, and guidance on the application process.
  • Financial Resources for Undocumented Students: Information about the available financial aid options, including scholarships, available to undocumented and DACA students.
  • Completing College: Types of on-campus resources available to support college persistence among Latino students.
  • Career Pathways:  Information about pursuing STEM and teaching careers – key priorities for our nations’ future workforce.

Access our Guides in both English and Spanish:


   English (PDF, 2.79MB)               Español (PDF, 1.25MB)

Related Resources

Fact Sheet: ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success One-Page [PDF, 1.96 KB]

Blog: Financing a College Education

Press Release: The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Announces ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success

¡Gradúate! A College Planning Guide to Success

The guide provides the Hispanic community with information and resources to help students navigate the process of pursuing higher education at traditional colleges and universities, including how to apply and how to successfully enroll in a college or university. The guide is organized to outline the steps that students should take throughout high school leading up to their first college class.

The Guide highlights the following:

  • Preparing for College: Key resources and information for the early stages of the college planning process.
  • Applying and Enrolling in College: Information regarding the college application process, requirements, entrance exams, and fee waivers.
  • Paying for College: Descriptions of available financial aid to supplement the Initiative’s ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success.
  • Navigate Your First Semester: Tips to help you prepare for your first semester in college.

Access our Guides in both English and Spanish:


English  [PDF]             Español [PDF]

Related Resources

Fact Sheet:  ¡Gradúate! A College Guide to Success [PDF]     Versión en Español  [PDF]

Make sure to send us an email at WHIEEH@ed.gov letting us know what you think about the ¡Gradúate! Guide to Success Series.