My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College

August 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid released a workbook for middle and junior high school students entilted, "My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College". This workbook encourages students to start exploring their college and career options.  In the workbook, students are directed to start asking teachers, famly members, and mentors questions about college. The content is organized and focused on these essential questions about college: 

  1. When should I begin thinking about college?
  2. Why think about college now?
  3. What can a college education do for me?
  4. Where do I start?
  5. Who can help me go to college?
  6. How will I pay for college?
  7. Now what? Next steps.

Students have the opportunity to answer these questions in the workbook. This can be a useful resource for families and educators to use with transitioning youth with disabilities to discuss postsecondary education options.  

According to Federal Student Aid, the Spanish version of the workbook will be released soon. The Braille of the workbook is available to order through the U.S. Department of Education's Publication Center ( or by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827) or TTY/TDD 1-877-576-7734. To see a list of resources offered through the Office of Federal Student Aid, please go to:


My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College--A Workbook for Middle and Junior High School Students