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Summer Melt


Facts about Summer Melt (Harvard Report)

rubics meltEvery 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.

Why this happens:

  • 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.

Student Resources

Explore the resources available at your College/University

Answer exitMany 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 needed.

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

Boys Hope 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.
College Bound
  • 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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Awards scholarships and offers online resources guiding students through the college application process, financial aid etc.;
  • 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.