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Resources and Tips for College-bound Youth

 

Programs and Resources that help with the college process:


College Possible is a nonprofit program that helps low-income high school students compete effectively to get into college.

  • Their services include:ACT/SAT testing preparation, college visits, applications, financial aid, and the transition from high school to college.
  • They also have a college program which helps students throughout their college years.
  • This program takes place in specific high schools across the Twin Cities.



Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that helps low-income and first-generation students throughout high school to work towards graduation and college.

  • They offer after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer classes, college visits, ACT/SAT testing preparation, and help with applications and financial aid.
  • This program takes place in colleges with tutoring sessions held in high schools.

 

Tips for College-bound Youth:

  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible.
  • Ask your top college choices what additional scholarships and grants they offer.
  • Visit your top college choices before you choose which one to attend. The "feel" of a campus is a major factor.
  • Find out what reputation your colleges have. Will it make you proud to say you are a graduate of that school?
  • Get to know yourself and your college choices. Find what fits. Are you conservative or liberal; is the college conservative or liberal? Does the attitude of students on campus match the attitude you want to have? Who is the person you want to be and which college will help you get to that point?
  • Talk to people you trust who have gone to college. Ask them about their experiences and for tips.
  • Do not be afraid to ask college recruiters any question you may have about the college. Even if you might be afraid that it is a stupid question, it probably is really important to know.
  • Do not worry if you do not know yet what you want to do with the rest of your life. It will come in time. But, do make a note of the things you are passionate about or simply like to do.