We formed a strategic partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and other funders to design and launch CollegePoint, a virtual college advising program that provides support and guidance on the college application and financial aid process and helps as many as 75,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students apply to, enroll in, and graduate from top colleges.
In partnership with the Aspen Institute and ITHAKA S+R, the initiative also engages college and university presidents and leading experts to spur changes in higher education policies and practices and enable more students to enroll and graduate. The overarching goal is to increase the percentage of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students who enroll in the nation’s top 270 plus colleges and universities from the current 33% to 50%, prioritizing schools with high graduation rates and low student debt.
CollegePoint is intended to achieve broad impact through collaboration. Leading program partners include College Advising Corps, College Possible, ScholarMatch, and Matriculate (each of which has contributed to a squad of well-trained college access advisors) as well as the College Board, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, New Profit Inc., America Achieves, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Khan Academy, and the Aspen Institute. Two leading professors in the college success field, Dr. Ben Castleman (University of Virginia) and Dr. Eric Bettinger (Stanford University), are researching the impact of interventions to measure “virtual advising outcomes” and enable sharing of successful strategies among school systems, counselors, other nonprofit organizations, and education leaders across the country.
To be eligible for CollegePoint, students must have standardized test scores in the 90th percentile or higher, a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and family income of $80,000 or less.