Each year approximately 10-40 percent of high school students accepted into a college or university don’t enroll in the fall. The phenomenon called “summer melt” disproportionately affects students from low-income backgrounds. The U.S. Department of Education says that, “the lower a student’s income, the more likely they are to experience summer melt because they lack the necessary resources and support.”
College Possible provides programming, called Summer Bridge, designed to help combat summer melt for all high school students. In Oregon, a majority of them will attend Summer Bridge together on Saturday, May 18.
Summer Bridge has a structured curriculum that focuses on three main topics and provides tools and resources to help students enroll and persist. The information focuses on:
- Academics—balancing time, seeking support, self-responsibility and advocacy
- Financial Management—financial aid, financial aid terminology, tuition, resolving balances and resources available on campus
- Social Life—social aspects of living on or off campus, student organizations, campus diversity, opportunities to meet new people and to be involved
Students also receive one-on-one coaching sessions from the College Possible team that focus on taking tangible steps toward enrollment. They’re also able to meet other College Possible students who will be attending their same college or university, creating community before they even step onto campus in the fall. College Possible Oregon supports students from 14 different high schools, so having a familiar face on your college campus, even if you didn’t go to the same high school, helps!
Summer Bridge is just one of the many ways College Possible is supporting students as they matriculate into college, but ultimately it’s the drive, commitment and passion from the students that enable them to persist and earn their degrees.
Big thanks to this year’s Summer Bridge supporter: