The college application process has grown into a complicated and daunting task for high school students across the country, and many low-income high schoolers have to figure out the admissions process on their own. For these disadvantaged students, finding trustworthy advice on the admissions process can be extremely difficult. Few high-need students receive personal college counseling in school; the rest are left to navigate the process alone. As a result, many high-achieving, underprivileged students end up applying to and attending community colleges or other less-selective schools instead of top-tier, selective schools.
This dearth of guidance for potentially college-bound students has inspired the creation of hundreds of online tools that aim to help students with applying to and attending college. However, many of these tools have been unsuccessful in helping applicants, especially low-income ones. The Get Schooled Foundation, a nonprofit that uses media and popular culture to encourage students to graduate from high school and succeed in college, looked at almost 200 college admissions technology applications and evaluated why they are failing to effectively help low-income students with the college admissions process. It’s report, “How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge?” reviews the gaps between what these students need and what is currently available.