Academics, Resources

2018 Summer Programs with Financial Aid

No Comments 16 January 2018

There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities.

Not every program in the U.S. offers sufficient financial aid for under-resourced students, but we have compiled a list of programs that fix that problem. Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

If you know of any programs that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Programs are listed alphabetically.

 

Babson Entrepreneurial Experience

Wellesley, MA

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

Program Dates: Late July – Early August

Description: This four-week, on-campus course gives you a unique opportunity to focus on your growth as an entrepreneur. You’ll get immersed in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A™)—Babson’s renowned methodology that encourages combining reflection, experimentation, and analysis with action—all while building leadership, communication, presentation and critical thinking skills in a hands-on, team-based environment.

Financial Aid: For assistance paying for this Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience, apply here.

 

Barnard College Summer in the City

New York City, NY

Application Deadline: March 28th, 2018

Program Dates: June 24th-July 20th

Description: Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Beyond The Gates series. Areas of study include acting, literature, political science and journalism, among others. See the website for more details.

Financial Aid: Barnard offers a number of partial scholarship awards, as well as one full scholarship for the program. All scholarships are based on financial need and applications are due March 23rd, 2018. Find out more and apply here.

 

Bard College Young Writers Workshop

Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions beginning in January until the program is full.

Program Dates: July 8th-July 28th, 2018

Description: Students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to build their writing skills in the Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. This three-week program is designed to build confidence and develop greater fluency in writing in areas ranging from fiction to nonfiction. The program consists of small groups of students meeting in three, 90-minute sessions each day. Portfolio progress checks occur each week. Students live on campus in the dorms along with the staff and are able to experience campus life.

Financial Aid: Financial aid and certain scholarships varying from $12,000-$20,000 are available to assist students in attending the program. Find information on financial aid and scholarship options here.

 

Boston University PROMYS

Boston, MA

Deadline: Sign up here to be notified when the application is available.

Date: July 1st – August 11th, 2018

Description: PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

Financial Aid: Check out financial aid options here.

 

Calvin College Entrada Scholars

Grand Rapids, MI

Application Deadlines: March 2nd

Program Dates: July 6th – August 2nd, 2018

Description: High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology. Social outings, such as a beach trip to Lake Michigan, also is available during this program, which include a talent night, group devotions, and use of Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: There are various scholarships available, including the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship.

 

Camino al Futuro

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Date: July 1st-July 20th, 2018

Description: This summer scholarship program is for motivated high school juniors going into their senior year. The program cultivates leadership potential in students who want to shape the political, economic and social issues that affect Hispanic and Latin communities.

Financial Aid: This is a fully funded program; there is no cost to apply, as long as you select the “3-Week College Intensive” option and then choose “Caminos al Futuro.”

 

Camp College

Four Illinois Locations:

Augustana College
Knox College
Monmouth College
Western Illinois University

Application Deadline: 2018 TBA

Program Dates: 2018 TBA

Description:  Camp College is a free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of a college search and application process from college and high school counselors. Students live on a college campus while attending sessions on the college-application process. Students will be provided food and lodging.

Financial Aid: Generous support of IACAC and other sponsors mean there is no cost to students. A $20 deposit is required to hold your seat and will be refunded at the end of the program.

 

Carleton College Summer Program

Northfield, MN

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 13th – First-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants and final deadline for international applicants

March 20th – Second-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants (this is the last day to apply for a scholarship for summer 2017)

May 8th, 2017 – Third-round deadline and all applications close

Program Dates: Varies, refer to the college’s website (link is above)

Description:

Liberal arts – Introduces black students to the strengths of a liberal arts education through a variety of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

Quantitative reasoning institute – College-level experience in how social scientists think about the world. Students measure important variables of study, prepare research and present their findings.

Science institute – Learn how different areas of science link together. Students have the opportunity to complete a guided research project and earn college credit.

Writing program – High school juniors with strong reading and writing abilities, the program teaches students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for these programs. Each program has different qualifications for financial aid and scholarships, so check Carleton’s website for details. The liberal arts program is free for all accepted applicants.

 

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Program 

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: April 15th

Program Dates: June 30-Aug. 11

Description: These pre-college programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about — from the classroom to what’s happening on weekends. You’ll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Financial Aid: Some financial and merit-based scholarships are available to select students who have been accepted into the music program.

 

Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Math and Science

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: The deadline for all programs is March 1st, and the deadline for all supporting documents is March 15th.

Program Dates: Registration and opening day are June 30th. The program closes on August 10th.

Description: This program is for rising high school seniors. Participants will engage in hands-on learning and research via science and engineering projects, which will help them build the academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.

Financial Aid:  There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science.

 

Colorado State University Native Education Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The Native Education Forum is a 5-day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/indigenous communities and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Please contact Leslee Lovato at Leslee.Lovato@colostate.edu.

 

Colorado State University Black Issues Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students — completing their junior year of high school — a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the black community at the local, state, national and/or global level.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Submit any questions you have to Counselor Bobby Browning.

 

Cornell Engineering Experience

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: May 4th, 2018

Program Dates: June 23rd – August 7th, 2018

Description:  Are you excited by math and science? Do you want to improve the world? Would you like to envision and implement solutions to the important challenges of our time? If so, we invite you to Cornell this summer to explore diverse and exciting career opportunities in the practice of engineering.

 

Cornell University Summer College

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: Applications open Mid-January. Sign up here to be notified when they’re open.

Program Dates:

Three-week, session 1 June 23rd-July 14th
Three-week, session 2 July 15th-Aug. 4th
Six-week programs June 23rd-Aug. 7th

Description: These pre-college programs are for talented high-school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an “unforgettable, life-changing summer.”

Financial Aid: Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships that are awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, a student’s academic achievement and promise and availability of funds.

 

 Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Application Deadline: March 17th, 2018

Program Dates: June 3rd-15th, 2018

Description: For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism.

Financial Aid: For questions, email  CronkiteSJI@asu.edu.

 

Davidson July Experience

Davidson, NC

Application Deadline: February 14th is the KIPP deadline; the general deadline is March 28th, 2018

Program Dates: July 1st-21st

Description: July experience is a powerful pre-college summer academic experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented and self-disciplined. It takes place on the campus of Davidson College.

Financial Aid: Scholarships might be available to students with financial need. This financial aid is awarded on the basis of need and academic achievement. Financial aid requests should be submitted at the time of your application and are due March 31.

 

Elmhurst College Summer Academy in Mathematics & Science

Elmhurst, IL

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The academy is a two-week program for students between their junior and senior years in high school who are considering careers in areas such as mathematics and natural and physical science. In classes and seminars, you’ll sharpen your math skills, explore important topics in science and master a variety of computer programs.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available. For further information about scholarships or the academy in general, please email Christine Genier at cgrenier@elmhurst.edu.

 

Emory Pre-College Program

Atlanta, GA

Application Deadline: Financial Aid is due by May 1st, 2018, while each session has different application due dates roughly 15 days prior to the first day of the session.

Program Dates

Session A (noncredit): June 17th-June 30th
Session B (noncredit): July 1st-July 14th
Session C (noncredit): July 15th-July 28th
Infectious Diseases Institute (noncredit): July 1st-July 21st
Session 1 (credit): May 21st-June 29th
Session 2 (credit): July 2nd-August 10th

Description: The program gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors a glimpse of academic and residential life. High-school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students and earn transferable college credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Awards range between $500 and $1000, depending upon need and academic merit. Awards will not cover the full program cost. Financial aid deadline is April 15.

 

Google in Education Computer Science Summer Institute 

Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Cambridge,  MA / Chicago, IL / Kirkland, WA / Los Angeles, CA / Mountain View / CA, New York,  NY / Pittsburgh, PA / Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: March 2 at 11:59 PM PT

Program Dates: 

  • Atlanta, GA: July 9th-July 27th
  • Austin, TX: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Cambridge, MA: July 9th-July 27th
  • Chicago, IL: July 9th-Aug. July 27th
  • Kirkland, WA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Los Angeles, CA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Mountain View, CA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • New York City, NY: July 9th-July 27th
  • Pittsburgh, PA: July 9th-August 27th
  • Seattle, WA: July 9th-July 27th

Description: Kick off your college studies in computer science with a summer program at Google. Google’s seventh annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. Students participate in an intensive, interactive and hands-on program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

At CSSI, students study programming fundamentals with Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and design and develop their own application with fellow participants.

Attendees will enjoy a unique residential experience in dorm-style housing at local universities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: CSSI is an all-expenses-paid program. Google will provide housing, meals and transportation for invited students.

 

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Amherst, MA

Application Deadline: No official deadline, however, last year they ran out of spaces in April. Apply early!

Program Dates: July 1st – August 11th, 2018

Description: HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. It is demanding and expanding. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

Financial Aid: There is some financial aid available through the program, which you can read about here, but they also recommend third-party grants.

 

Harvard University Summer Programs

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: February 1st at 5 PM for early consideration. May 7th for all other applications.

Program Dates:

  • SESSION I: June 24-July 6
  • SESSION II: July 8-20
  • SESSION III: July 22-Aug. 3

Description: Join other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where you can explore topics as wide ranging as American law, philosophy, computer programming and public speaking. During your two weeks at Harvard, you attend class for three hours a day and participate in college readiness workshops or team-building events. In the evenings, you eat in the dining hall, finish homework in your dorm and attend social activities.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available to students with outstanding academic records who demonstrate financial need. Financial aid application deadline is Feb. 1.

 

Missouri University of Science & Technology Summer Camps

Rolla, MO

Application Deadline: Opens February 19th, 2018

Program Dates: There are multiple sessions for students off all ages throughout June and July.

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented ethnic groups can participate in a weeklong program designed to give students hands-on experience seeing what holding an engineering job is like.

Financial Aid: Contact the office of Professional and Continuing Education at pcu@mst.edu or 573-341-6222.

 

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st at 7:59 PM EST

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: Since 1975, this six-week residential program has leveraged a demanding academic atmosphere to help students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in technical fields. Along with calculus, physics, natural science and humanities courses, students take a hands-on elective course and participate in lab tours and social events. MITES serves up to 80 student per year.

Financial Aid: This program is free for all accepted students

 

Northwestern University College Bridge Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: March 23rd

Program Dates: Dates vary according to classes selected, however, all students must attend the College Bridge Orientation and Advising session on May 20th, 2018.

Description: 25 high school juniors are selected from Chicago Public Schools every summer to enroll in summer classes and earn college credit. Courses vary from three to eight weeks in length.

Financial Aid: Tuition and textbooks are free.

 

Northwestern University College Preparation Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: Students must submit their applications by April 15

Program Dates: TBA

Description: This program allows high school sophomores and juniors to enroll in undergraduate courses on campus for college credit or enroll in a specialized two-week seminar.

Financial Aid: A limited number of scholarships are available for high school juniors who demonstrate financial need and hold strong academic and extracurricular achievement. Applications are due March 1.

 

NYU Steinhardt Programs

New York, NY

Application Deadlines: Vary by discipline. See website for details, but most priority deadlines are between March 18 and April 18, and most final deadlines are between April 1 and May 15. Applications open on January 15th!

Program Dates: Vary by discipline.

Description: Every summer, high school to graduate students participate in NYU’s varied and exciting music and performing arts programs. Their programs vary from several instrumental performance programs including brass, Broadway percussion, improvisational jazz and piano, to vocal performance, music business and music technology.

Financial Aid: NYU offers several performance- and need-based scholarships to accepted applicants. Please see their website for more details.

 

Penn State Honors Music Institute 

University Park, PA

Application Deadline: May 1

Program Dates: July 15th-21st

Description: The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, weeklong immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps of 2018, specific areas of study include chamber choir, jazz ensemble, piano and wind ensemble. Students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2018 through students who will graduate in the spring of 2018 are eligible to audition.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships are available to qualified students upon acceptance to the institute. Scholarship Information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.

 

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: The deadline for application to the program this summer has closed, but applications are expected to open November 2018 for the following summer.

Program Dates: TBA

Description: About 40 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day seminar on journalism at Princeton’s campus. Reporters teach students and are from major publications such as the Washington Post and The New York Times. Students must have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA, and all expenses, including travel, are included.

Financial Aid: Questions can be directed to sjp@princeton.edu.

 

Purdue University Minority Engineering Program

West Lafayette, IN

Application Deadline: April 30th

Program Dates: June 17th – July 19th, 2018

Description: The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in first year engineering projects. The agenda includes SAT review, engineering design, time management, and social acclimatization to college life. Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

Financial Aid: a scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.

 

Rensselaer PREFACE Summer Program 

Troy, NY

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: PREFACE is a two-week residential summer experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2018. It is open to students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or under served in science, engineering and technological fields and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.

The PREFACE Selection Committee reviews each application and makes its recommendation to the project director. Selection is based on high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay and recommendations. Since all programs are taught in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

Financial Aid: PREFACE subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees (including laundry) and room and board for the two-week session

 

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Granville, OH

Application Deadline: March 4th

Program Date: June 17th-24th, 2018

Description: The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year.  We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores. The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,300. (On-campus residency is required.)

Financial Aid: Significant financial aid is available based on need thanks to the Reynolds Endowment.

 

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program

Northampton, MA

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is March 1st; final application day is June 1st, but the application fee doubles on April 24th.

Program Date:

SESSION 1: July 9th-20th, 2018

SESSION 2: July 23rd-August 3rd, 2018

Description: A four-week, residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models, hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging — where girls get all of the faculty’s attention as well as the opportunities and encouragement to achieve their best.

Financial Aid: Available to students with demonstrated need. Financial Aid deadline is March 1.

 

St. John’s Summer Academy

Annapolis, MD / Santa Fe, NM

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis through June 16th, 2018

Program Dates: There are  multiple programs between June 24th through July 28th.

Description: Our summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18) is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

Financial Aid: There is limited financial aid available for these programs. Contact the Summer Academy directors for more information.

 

University of Chicago Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Program Dates: Orientation June 16-17; classes meet June 18- July 5.

Description: Students selected for this program can participate in one of two summer sessions: Awakening Into Consciousness and Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. Applicants who share the program’s commitment to the Hispanic and Latino communities are invited to apply.

Financial Aid: Program participants receive a full scholarship, which includes course tuition, housing and dining, Student Life Fee, and the cost of travel to and from campus.

 

University of Chicago Summer Bridge Program for Chicago Public School Students

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools with a minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible for this program. Students are given the opportunity to take courses at the university for college credit.

 

UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

Madison, WI

Application Deadline: TBA. Application will open in January.

Program Dates: June 16th-July 27th

Description: The UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program helps students explore career options, prepare for the rigors of college and develop strong skills in math and science. Best of all, students will experience first-hand what it is like to be an engineering student at UW-Madison.

Financial Aid: The program is completely sponsored. There are no costs to the students once they arrive on campus. Students and families are required to finance and make travel arrangements to and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer Scholars Programs 

Worcester, MA

Application Deadline: Registration opens February 3rd, 2018 at 9 am.

Program Date: Dates range depending on program selected.

Description: High school students can pick from a number of programs that will allow them to explore, discover, and challenge themselves. These programs highlight fields such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, computer science, the humanities and arts, and women’s leadership.

Financial Aid: Partial or full tuition assistance scholarships are offered to eligible students.

 

Yale Young Global Scholars

New Haven, CT

Application Deadline: February 6th, 2018

Program Date: There are multiple programs between June 17th and August 9th.

Description: Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders. The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.

Financial Aid: There are a few options for need-based financial aid. Read more about it here.

Money, Pay for College, Resources, Scholarships

Do I Need a High GPA to Get a Scholarship?

No Comments 10 January 2018

Not everyone out there has a perfect GPA, and that’s perfectly okay. We all shine in different ways, as cheesy as saying that may be, but we thoroughly believe it here at Greenlight. We’ll let you in on a little secret, too – you can still win a scholarship without having a perfect 4.0. Colleges realize that you’re more than your grades, and so do foundations, organizations, and businesses. Take a look at your scholarship match list and we think you’ll be surprised by the number of ways you can earn some cash towards your higher education.

If you tend to be more gifted at athletics than academics, you need to use that to your advantage. Talk to your coach to see if they think you’re eligible for an athletic scholarship. Register with the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers to be considered, and scope out our athletic-geared scholarships, like the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship!

Not headed to the Olympics any time soon? Are you just happy when you walk without tripping over your own feet? We feel you. Your interests and hobbies can earn you scholarships as well. If you’re an artist, volunteer at a local shelter, or even just love animals, there are scholarships out there specifically designed to help you manage the cost of tuition. Talk to a supervisor or mentor to see if they know of a scholarship you’d be eligible for, on top of checking out our list of varied options right here on our site! Off the top of our head, we can think of the AllTopGuide Scholarship, the Ayn Rand 2018 Anthem Essay Contest, and the BMI Student Composer Award, none of which have a GPA requirement.

It’s a common misconception that you can only get scholarships if your GPA exceeds 3.0 – there are a lot of other options out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. We at College Greenlight are here to make that discovery process easier for you, and to help bring your dream of getting a higher education a reality. Let’s find your strengths and see how you can cash in on them – literally!

 

Admissions, Apply to College, Money, Resources

How Do Colleges that Allow Self-Reported Test Scores Help Me?

No Comments 08 December 2017

Applying for colleges gets expensive. It’s not even really large fees that do it, it’s the nickel-and-diming that goes on. There’s the $25 for this application, the $30 for this application here, the gas cost to visit schools… It adds up. There’s one less cost you’ll have to worry about, though, because the number of colleges allowing you to self-report your test scores is increasing!

So, let’s break down what that means. When you take your ACT or SAT, you have a limited number of colleges that they’ll send your results out to, and you have to indicate them within so many days for each test. After that time period has passed, it can cost up to $13 dollars each time you want to send your scores to a college, depending on whether you go through The College Board or ACT. Most colleges currently require that you send official transcripts when submitting your application, and that’s just for consideration. That means that if you apply to six or eight schools, you can end up dishing out almost a full $100 just to be considered. That may not be an option for you, and you shouldn’t be hindered in the application process just because you can’t afford to send test scores to every school you want to apply to.

All of these fees can really add up, and self-reporting helps reduce that!

This is where self-reporting comes in. Institutions, like Colby College, have been allowing students to self-report scores since last year, and it works like this: when you fill out your application, you mark your ACT or SAT score yourself. They’ll consider you based on the information you’ve provided, and, once you’re accepted, and have chosen that college in return, only then will you be required to send over the official transcripts. The first year of self-reported test scores for colleges reportedly went exceedingly well — the concerns about honesty regarding test scores were proven to be totally unfounded. Every student had reported their scores accurately. This opens up more doors for students who come from low-income families, and the trend is catching! 

The University of Washington is the latest addition to the list of over 25 colleges now accepting self-reported test scores, and we at College Greenlight are over the moon about this gap-bridging process! Check out the current list of colleges accepting self-reported test scores in the nifty table below. An ever-growing list of schools participating in this movement is available in this Google Doc maintained by Gabrielle McColgan, the Director of College Counseling at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. We hope more and more institutions are added, effectively opening up more options for you!

Keep in mind that some colleges also allow counselors to report scores to colleges as part of an unofficial process to help low-income students, and a complete list of those institutions is available here. It’s constantly updated by the Princeton Review, so check back periodically. Importantly, never hesitate to call the school you’re interested in applying to and ask how they can make applying affordable! Listed below is just a taste of the colleges you’ll find on the full document, so check out all of your options!

 

InstitutionWebsite
Amherst Collegehttps://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/firstyear/testing
Augustana Collegehttps://augustana.net/x65310.xml
Babson Collegehttp://www.babson.edu/admission/undergraduate/applying-to-babson/Pages/standardized-testing.aspx
Baylor Universityhttps://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872011
Birmingham-Southern Collegehttps://www.bsc.edu/admission/apply.html
Bowdoin Collegehttp://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/testing-policy.shtml
Carroll Collegehttps://www.carroll.edu/admission-aid/apply
Catawba Collegehttp://catawba.edu/news-events/news/college-news/catawba-college-announces-enhanced-initiatives-assist-applicants/
Champlain Collegehttps://www.champlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply-undergraduate/first-year-applicants
Colby Collegehttps://www.colby.edu/admission/apply/first-year/
Colgate Universityhttp://www.colgate.edu/admission-financial-aid/apply/first-year-applicant-checklist
Colorado Collegehttps://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/application/instructions/
Columbia Universityhttps://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply/first-year/testing
Dickinson Collegehttp://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Florida State Universityhttp://admissions.fsu.edu/counselors/
Georgia Techhttp://admission.gatech.edu/freshman/standardized-tests
Hampden-Sydney College (VA)http://www.hsc.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/apply
Harvey Mudd Collegehttps://www.hmc.edu/admission/2017/11/07/harvey-mudd-now-accepting-self-reported-test-scores/
Illinois State Universityhttp://admissions.illinoisstate.edu/counselors/hs/requirements.php
Iowa State Universityhttps://www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/faq.php
Johns Hopkins Universityhttps://apply.jhu.edu/standardized-test-information/
Kansas State Universityhttp://www.k-state.edu/undergradadmit/qualified_admissions_and_regulations/self_reporting.html
Kenyon Collegehttp://www.kenyon.edu/admissions-aid/how-to-apply/required-submission-of-standardized-testing-score-choice/
Lawrence Universityhttp://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/apply/what_we_consider
New York Institute of Technologyhttps://nyit.edu/admissions/first_year
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineeringhttp://www.olin.edu/admission/apply/process-requirements/
Pomona Collegehttps://www.pomona.edu/admissions/alerts
Saint Anselm Collegehttps://www.anselm.edu/how-apply/first-year-applicants
Southwestern Universityhttp://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/9766-application-faqs
Stanford Universityhttps://admission.stanford.edu/apply/freshman/testing.html
Stevenson Universityhttp://www.stevenson.edu/admissions-aid/admission-requirements/admissions-testing-guidelines.html
Swarthmore Collegehttps://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/standardized-testing-policy
Texas Christian Universityhttps://admissions.tcu.edu/apply/testing-policy/
University of Hawaii at Manoahttp://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/freshman.html
University of Chicagohttps://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/application/standardizedtesting
University of Iowahttps://now.uiowa.edu/2012/07/ui-applicants-will-now-self-report
University of Kansashttps://admissions.ku.edu/freshman-requirements-deadlines/applying-to-ku
University of Northern Iowahttps://admissions.uni.edu/undergraduate-admissions-checklist
Washington University at St. Louishttps://admissions.wustl.edu/apply_site/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx
Williams Collegehttps://admission.williams.edu/apply/
Worcester Polytechnic Institutehttps://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/how-to/self-reported-test-scores

 

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100 Percent Meet Need Colleges

8 Comments 30 August 2017

One of the biggest concerns students and their families have about college is affordability. Rising costs at the nation’s public and private colleges keep qualified students from considering the best options.

Fortunately, many colleges are committed to remaining affordable to each admitted student regardless of their financial circumstances. A college or university that promises to make sure every penny of an accepted student’s demonstrated financial need is covered through grants, work-study, scholarships, and in some cases, federal student loans, is considered a 100% meet need college.

We’ve compiled a list of the colleges around the country who identify themselves as 100% meet need, and have indicated the specifics of their programs below. A major difference between colleges with 100% meet need programs is whether or not the college includes need-based federal student loans in a student’s financial aid package. The colleges that include student loans keep the amount a student is expected to borrow reasonably low. In these instances, check with the college’s office of financial aid for additional information.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these colleges or universities click on their name to view their College Greenlight profile.

Note: 100% meet need colleges pledge to meet a student’s full demonstrated need. Most students will still have an expected family contribution that they are responsible for and may need to borrow to pay for their share of college costs.

 Colleges and universities are indexed alphabetically

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Amherst College

Amherst College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Barnard College

Barnard College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Bates College

Bates College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Berea College 

Berea College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Boston College

Boston College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Brown University

Brown University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with a combined family income profile under $100,000 are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

California Institute of Technology meets the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Carleton College

Carleton College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colby College

Colby College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colgate University

Colgate University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colorado College

Colorado College  meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Columbia University

Columbia University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Connecticut College

Connecticut College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards if their family income is less than $50,000.

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Cornell University

Cornell University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family income and assets over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family income over $100,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Davidson College

Davidson College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Duke University

Duke University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards if their family income exceeds $60,000.

Emory University

Emory University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards. See the Emory Advantage.

Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Franklin W. Olin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Grinnell College

Grinnell College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Hamilton College

Hamilton College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Harvard University

Harvard University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Haverford College

Haverford College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Kenyon College

Kenyon College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Lafayette College

Lafayette College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.  Families who have total income of more than $50,000 may require borrowing up to $4,500 per year to meet need.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.  Students may be required to take out federal student loans, but they have capped the amount to $5,000 per year.

Macalester College

Macalester College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Middlebury College

Middlebury College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students who are eligible for Pell Grants are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Oberlin College

Oberlin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Occidental College

Occidental College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Pitzer College

Pitzer College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Pomona College

Pomona College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Princeton University

Princeton University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Reed College

Reed College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Rice University

Rice University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $80,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Salem College

Salem College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Scripps College

Scripps College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Skidmore College

Skidmore College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Smith College

Smith College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Soka University of America

Soka University of America meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Stanford University

Stanford University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute  meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Trinity College

Trinity College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Tufts University

Tufts University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Union College

Union College (Schenectady, NY) meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Chicago

University of Chicago meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

UNC – Chapel Hill meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Richmond

University of Richmond meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester meets the full calculated institutional financial need of admitted students through a combination of scholarships, grants, need-based loans, and work-study.

University of Southern California (USC)

The University of Southern California meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Virginia

University of Virginia meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students whose family income is over 200% of the poverty line and whose assets exceed $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Vassar College

Vassar College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Wellesley College

Wellesley College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $40,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Williams College

Williams College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Yale University

Yale University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

 

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Activities that Look Good on a Scholarship Application

No Comments 09 August 2017

Spinning the activities you have done this summer, or plan to do, as things to add to scholarship essays will benefit you. Here are some activities that scholarship decision committees will be pleased to see on an application.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to show scholarship administrators that you are a well-rounded student. You can find a new passion, build your resume and reinforce teamworking skills. Many scholarships require a supplemental essay with the application. The character built and experienced gained from volunteering is a great subject for an essay.

College Prep Programs

Showing you are thinking about college during the summer goes a long way with a scholarship committee. Attending some sort of college preparation program allows you to get a taste of a college campus and some of the courses that are offered. Take a look at this extensive list of fly-in programs. Many colleges offer free fly-in programs, travel assistance scholarships, overnight programs and diversity programming that comes at little or no cost to students accepted to their programs. Listing a program like this on a resume would show a scholarship decision committee that you take your studies seriously and deserve a scholarship.

Part-time work

Working a part-time job comes with a number of benefits. If you happen to come from a low-income household, this money can go a long way. Working a job at a young age shows scholarship committees you are dedicated to pursuing higher education. Plus, your place of employment might offer its own scholarships.

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