Every year between 10
to 40 percent of students nationally experience the phenomenon of
"summer melt" - when students that have been accepted and intended
to go to college - fail to attend.
- Students often get overwhelmed with the tasks they need to
complete before college such as financial forms, insurance,
budgeting for textbooks and so forth. These tasks may be
particularly difficult since students may no longer have access to
their high school guidance counselors and for students that
come from families unfamiliar with the college-going process;
- Often it is difficult to keep track of college correspondence
in the summer. Students get a barrage of information about
orientation, placement tests, housing forms, etc.;
- Online college portals can be hard to navigate, expecially for
those with limited internet access.
Explore the resources available at your
Many colleges and universities now have
text messaging to assist. Students can receive a series of messages
from the college they plan to attend regarding the steps they need
to complete before they can matriculate including:
- How and when to take placement tests;
- Freshman orientation dates and times;
- Deadlines for paying their bill;
- How to accept educational loans;
- An easy way to connect with an advisor if additional help is
When your college sends you information, read the whole thing!
Here are some tips from the U.S. Dept. of Education blog.
Engage with peer mentors
Students can also be matched with local peer advisors who
conduct outreach activiteis via phone, e-mail, Facebook, and
texting to arrange in-person meetings. During these meetings,
mentors provide students with the infomation and assistance to
complete the required tasks.
Other organizations that may help
Girls Hope of Colorado
- Support starts at ages 10-14 and continues through college
graduation. This program helps middle- and high-school students
rise above disadvantaged backgrounds to earn a high school diploma,
enter into college, and obtain a college degree. Support includes
mentoring, tutoring and scholarships;
- Accepts applicants in high school based on academics/need.
- Seven- to nine-year college preparation and success program
committed to staying with students from the beginning of their
sophomore year of high school until they have a college degree in
their hands and are on their way to finding a career;
- CB collegians are graduating from college at five times the
rate of their low-income, first-generation peers;
- Priority is given to first generation students, special needs
and/or those who have non-tradtionals parents (they went to college
later in life);
- No cost, just an application process.
- Awards scholarships and offers online resources guiding
students through the college application process, financial aid
- Empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to
successfully complete higher education while providing scholarships
and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic-American
students as possible.
American Indian Graduate Center
- Provides financial support for American Indians and Alaska
Natives seeking higher education and supports them in attaining
undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees;
- Partners with tribes, the federal government, foundations,
corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and
sustainabiltity of scholarships.