$630,000 in grants to help districts combat “summer melt,” improve on-time college enrollment rates
Madison, Wis.—As many as 40% of high school graduates from underserved communities who have been accepted to college don’t end up starting classes in the fall. The reason? Without the support of counselors who guided them through the admission and financial aid application processes, many students are unable to complete critical tasks over the summer, like finalizing financial aid packages, registering for orientation and confirming campus housing. The phenomenon, known as “summer melt,” is most prevalent among students who are first in their family to go to college.