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Ask Dr. Lomax: The most important factor is how well it prepares your child for higher education.

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There are other excellent ways you can ensure that you and your son are getting the best information to prepare for college. Talk to other parents with children in college. Talk to your school counselor. Explore Web sites of organizations such as the College Board.

While there is not currently a national structure to ensure that parents and their children receive the tools and support they need when planning for college success, everything I mentioned is important and can help your son not only reach the college door but also walk through it and be successful on the other side.

At UNCF, we are also working to better inform parents and local communities about education and the tools and resources that are available to help them prepare their children for college. Visit our Web site to learn about the UNCF Empower Me Tour and see if it is coming to a community near you. This free, traveling college- and career-readiness road show provides interactive exhibits, seminars and more.

The most important thing to keep in mind, however, is that you must take the first step and be your son's most passionate advocate when it comes to making sure that he has all he needs to get to college and to flourish once he's there.

Michael Lomax is president and CEO of United Negro College Fund. He is a contributing editor at The Root.

If you have any questions about the college experience, whether you are a student or a parent, please send them to Dr. Lomax at therootstaff@theroot.com.

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