College Admission Resources for Disadvantaged Students

Below are some college admission resources for socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented students.

The 2023 Fly-In & Diversity Programs list from College Greenlight (part of Cappex) includes colleges that offer free programs for underrepresented students. Double check dates and deadlines for programs you’re interested in applying. Programs primarily target high school students.

The Fall 2023 Diversity Fly-In Visit Programs list from Get Me To College has detailed notes on when the information was last updated. Programs primarily target high school students.

Apply for long-term college-readiness/scholarship programs (for both high school students and transfer students)! Consider these opportunities:

  • Posse Foundation offers comprehensive college access programs that support high school seniors (including art and STEM students) and veterans throughout college (list of partner colleges) and into the workforce.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers the Young Scholars Program (five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need), College Scholarship Program (scholarship for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities), and Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (two to three years of financial support for community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities).
  • Questbridge offers National College Match (helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to partner colleges), Quest for Excellence Awards (provides resources and opportunities to highly qualified high school juniors with a range of specialized backgrounds and interests), and College Prep Scholars Program (equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges).

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