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Essential Advice for Low-Income & First-Generation College Students


The definition of a first generation college student is that you’ll be the first in your family to attend college. This means you may not be able to ask your parents about navigating the college application process and you might be the one explaining things like financial aid to them. Luckily, there is help to be found!

How to Write a Successful College Transfer Essay


As a transfer student wondering how to start a transfer essay, you’re probably dealing with some version of this prompt:

“Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.”

I happen to believe there are…


The “Everything I Want Colleges to Know About Me” List: A Brainstorm Exercise


Don’t know what you want colleges to know about you in your entrance essays and interviews? Look here for help!

How to Choose a College: A Step-By-Step Guide


How do you choose a college that’s right for you? What a daunting question!

The good news: there are more than 4,500 colleges and universities in the US. Even better news: most schools accept most students, with the national average at around 67% (source). But which of the 4,500 should you apply to?

College Greenlight


College Greenlight is the leading advocacy network dedicated to supporting first-generation, lower-income, and historically underrepresented students on their path to higher education. Launched in 2012, College Greenlight helps thousands of qualified, motivated students connect with colleges and universities to find their best college fit and financial support.

Career Village


CareerVillage.org’s mission is to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth. We do that by crowdsourcing the answers to every question from every student about every career. Together, we’re building a massive open-access reference source that every online learner can access anytime, anywhere. Join our movement of over 6,000,000 learners and over 100,000 volunteers.

Parental Support for College Students


Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting and empowering experience. While some high school graduates delay attending college, about two thirds of attendees are still considered “traditional” college students, enrolling immediately after their senior year of high school. Students in this demographic are usually just beginning to assert their independence, while remaining partially dependent on their parents as they test their new freedoms. They may still live at home over the summers, or rely on their parents to help pay for school.

How to Save Thousands on College Costs – A Comprehensive Guide


College Aid Pro financial experts, Peg Keough and Matt Carpenter, explore the ways a family can save thousands of dollars on the cost of college, as well as financial aid 101. As the fairy godmother and head coach of financial planning explain each step of the college process, they show you why myCAP is the best tool when shopping for affordable colleges.

Completing the FAFSA: 5 Easy Steps


A helpful 5-step process in completing the FAFSA by Dr. Kathy Griswold Fine.

College Financial Aid Demystified


A helpful PowerPoint to get you through understanding college financial aid – by Dr. Kathy Griswold Fine.

Free ACT Test Prep


Maybe you’ve been planning your future for years. Maybe you’re ready to start exploring opportunities. Wherever life takes you, ACT will help you get there.

This guide was designed to make understanding all things ACT as simple as possible. With information about ACT test dates, fee waivers, and test prep, you’ll find everything you need to succeed on test day.



ScholarMatch’s mission is to support first-generation college students earn a bachelor’s degree within five years. We provide virtual individualized advising, targeted financial support, and career mentoring all the way to graduation.

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