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NONPROFIT HELPS STUDENTS NAVIGATE ENROLLING INTO COLLEGE FREE

NONPROFIT HELPS STUDENTS NAVIGATE ENROLLING INTO COLLEGE FREE

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Going to college was no easy feat for Abdirahman Hassan. In 2004, the then-12-year-old moved to the United States from Somalia with his brother and aunt. No one in his family had gone to college. Working two jobs to make ends meet, his aunt had no extra money for tuition.

Yet Mr. Hassan, “Abdi,” graduated from St. Paul Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., and has been accepted by all five colleges to which he applied. He will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall. He also secured scholarships to pay for his first three years.

For low-income students, getting into college often is about more than academic success. They must learn to maneuver though the complex admissions process and find the money to make it all happen. Often the first in their families to navigate this path, such students can find it overwhelming and intimidating.

New efforts, though, by nonprofit groups are emerging—alongside longtime federal programs, such as TRIO—to increase access to college for disadvantaged students.

“There is a lot of need. About 200,000 low-income students graduate from high school each year prepared to go to college but don’t end up going,” said Traci Kirtley, the director of programming at Admission Possible, a nonprofit in St. Paul with plans to expand to 10 cities by 2015. “Even when students are academically prepared, either they can’t find money to go or they don’t know how to work the process.”

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Article by CARLEE J. ADAMS, Education Week | Read full article here

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