Gives child welfare professionals recommendations, strategies and resources to effectively assist young people in navigating the complex planning required to attend and complete college. Recommendations include: (1) foster high academic aspirations beginning in middle school or earlier, (2) encourage long term planning for postsecondary education using mentors and college preparation programs, (3) stress rigorous academic preparation by ensuring grade-level math/reading skills and closely monitoring academic progress, (4) assist in the preparation and taking of standardized tests, (5) support the college selection, application and enrollment process, (6) supervise the financial aid process, (7) engage young adults who have missed the opportunity for college preparation, and (8) help students with transition issues adjust to and complete college or training program.