ST. PAUL (Jan. 9, 2013) — Valeria Bonete’s parents wanted the best for their children. They dreamed that one day their children could make a difference in the world through higher education — a dream that will become a reality.
Valeria is one of College Possible Twin Cities’ 400 low-income seniors that have already earned admission to college.
“If it wasn’t for College Possible, I would have been overwhelmed and clueless about where to start,” said Bonete, a senior at Kennedy High School in Bloomington. “Thanks to this program, I have achieved many things I couldn’t have accomplished by myself—College Possible has made an enormous impact on my future.”
Upper-income students are 10 times more likely to complete a college degree by age 24 than their lower-income peers. High school seniors in College Possible, a college access and success program for low-income students, are challenging that statistic by being among the first prospective students to get their applications in the door.
“I am so happy that I applied early to all of my colleges,” Valeria said. “I am proud to say that I am finished with the application process, and I’ve already been admitted to six colleges!”
Each member of College Possible’s Class of 2013 was encouraged to apply to at least five colleges by mid-December, making them highly competitive applicants and allowing them multiple options when deciding where to ultimately enroll. This year’s 756 seniors have already submitted 4,084 applications.
“Students and coaches put in countless hours to prepare, edit, and mail strong applications,” said High School Program Manager Magdalena Wells. “Due to their focus and persistence, we have far exceeded our goals for the number of applications sent and the percentage of students who have already applied—some of them to 3, 5, or even 10 schools! We’re so pleased to see these early applications yielding well-deserved acceptances for students.”
College Possible high school students attend after-school sessions two days per week for two hours, logging a total of 320 hours with College Possible over the course of their junior and senior years. The program includes intensive ACT preparation and one-on-one support to complete college and scholarship applications. Upon earning admission to college, students shift their focus to applying for private scholarships and federal financial aid. College Possible supports students every step of the way through college graduation.
Since the organization’s founding in 2000, 98 percent of College Possible students have earned admission to college. College Possible students earn college degrees at five times the rate of low-income students nationally. According to a recent Harvard study, College Possible more than doubles the chances that a student low-income student will enroll in a four-year institution.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Launched in 2000, College Possible Twin Cities serves 8,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs. Nationwide, College Possible’s innovative and award-winning model serves nearly 12,000 Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin students in 2012-13 with plans to reach 20,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country by 2020. According to a recent Harvard study, the program more than doubles a student’s chances of enrolling in college. More information at www.CollegePossible.org.