It's Oddly Difficult To Find Good College Advising Online
"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," The Atlantic reports. "...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. Its report, 'How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge?' reviews the gaps between what these students need and what is currently available. The report found it is difficult to find a site that offers 'end-to-end assistance,' with many sites offering students help with just one small portion of the process. For example, College Application Wizard helps students navigate admission and financial aid applications, but the report notes it is 'most useful' after a student has already decided what schools to apply to. Instead of going to one comprehensive site, students are left to sift through hundreds of educational tools of varying quality. Furthermore, some of these admissions and financial aid tools are 'actually lead generators' for other businesses. ... Although there are many sites that try to connect students with scholarships, few explain financial aid in a clear and concise way. ... The report argues that technology could play a central role in closing the 'counseling gap' between disadvantaged and privileged students. 'While an in-person, knowledgeable counselor is preferred for every student, there is such a significant gap between the availability of such resources and what is currently needed,” the report reads. 'Technology can and should play a role in reaching more students with the information and support they need.'"
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