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Millions of our nation's best students with financial need never go to college. Although financial barriers and poor academic preparation are factors, studies indicate that a lack of information and advising also creates a significant barrier for low- to moderate-income students. Along with other regional grants, the JKCF College Advising Corps is designed to significantly increase college enrollment among low-income students who have the potential to excel in higher education, but need extra support selecting and understanding how to pay for the most rigorous college available.
The Foundation’s College Advising Corps is an innovative, nationwide initiative that works to significantly increase access to college among qualified low- to moderate-income high-school and community-college students. The Foundation has awarded 11 $1-million grants to highly selective private and state flagship colleges and universities, including Brown University; Franklin & Marshall College; University of California, Berkeley; and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others. In addition, the Foundation has made select grants in its region to increase college access for exceptionally promising students with financial need.
In addition, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Foundation and the National College Access Network, created the National College Advising Corps Office, which supports the network of university-based programs designed to increase college access for low-income high-school students and actively encourages other universities to start similar programs.
Stress Test: Getting Into College
Dan Rather Report Features Cooke Foundation’s College Advising Corps
High-School Advising Program Finds Base at UNC
Daily Tar Heel, March 23 2007
Taking ‘College Guide’ National
News, Views and Careers for All of Higher Educaiton, March 21 2007
Cooke Foundation Will Support Programs at 10 Schools
UVA Today, March 21 2007
Cooke Foundation Grant Seeks to Boost Enrollment, Graduation Rates Among Low-Income Students
CollegeNews.org, March 21, 2007