Helping Latina/o Students Navigate the College Choice Process: Considerations for Secondary School Counselors
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This qualitative study utilized interviews with 20 Latina/o high school seniors and five secondary school counselors in South Texas to further understand how counselors help Latina/o students navigate their college choice process. Findings indicate counselors provided students with access to college information and facilitated university representative visits and other college opportunities. However, assistance with individual academic and college planning was limited due to counselors’ multiple duties and large caseloads. Counselors also noted challenges for Latina/o students related to: gender role expectations, familismo, financial need, and first generation college status. Considerations for secondary school counselors working with Latina/o students are provided.