Building Your College List & Resources
A message to college bound students...
Building Your College List - Choosing a college is an important decision. The goal isn't to enroll at the best college, but to enroll at the college/university that's best for you!
Below, you will find additional resources to help with building your college list such as programs that allow for students to visit college campuses out-of-state for a low cost or for free.
Check out a presentation from former Admissions officers / Educators who have served many students and currently the Owner and Founder, of Colledge College Admissions Consulting, Jenny Umhofer, and Director of Admission Services, Kelsey Torosyan as they each share helpful and insightful tips with building a college list.
Feb. 2022 "Building Your College List" Power Pt & Audio
Diversity – Fly-In Visit Programs
More than 70 colleges typically offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. Sadly, Covid-19 prompted colleges to postpone or alter Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 programs. Fall 2022 is back–with live, hybrid, and virtual options. https://www.cappex.com/greenlight/articles/fly-in-and-diversity-programs
SOME Programs/Resources that can help to reduce college costs:
- Western Undergraduate Exchange WUE https://www.wiche.edu/tuition-savings/wue/
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, pronounced “woo-wee”) is a regional tuition savings agreement administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WUE enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling institution’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,610 each on the cost of nonresident tuition.
- Colleges who meet 100% Financial Need
Colleges that "meet full need" will offer admitted students enough financial aid to cover the difference between a college's price of attendance and a family's ability to pay. Many of these schools are highly selective private universities. They are able to cover higher amounts of need given their wealth status and large endowments.
- POSSE FOUNDATION Scholarship https://www.possefoundation.org/ - 11th Grade (rising Seniors)
This is scholarship program that is NOT need-based. The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarship at one of their partner colleges and universities.
- QUESTBRIDGE - 11th/12th Grade https://www.questbridge.org/ - QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that helps high-achieving, low-income students gain admission and scholarships to over 45 of the country's top ranked-colleges. QuestBridge does this by partnering with these schools to identify and support students who otherwise may not apply to leading colleges. They seek high achieving (typically top 5-10% in their class), first generation, and those who come from households that typically earns less than $65,000 annually for a household of four. Students who come from a household earning more than this amount but feel that they have faced economic hardship and fit the QuestBridge criteria with being high-achieving, low-income, are also encouraged to apply.