- Seeks to address the problem of students failing to matriculate after being accepted into college
- Provides counseling in the months between high school graduation and college enrollment
- May contain individualized case management, peer mentors, academic advising, and information on resources such as financial aid, registering for courses, and finding medical insurance
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
Students enrolled in post-secondary education
$80-$200 per participant
Outcomes and impact
- Mixed effect on college enrollment
- Increased credit accumulation
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review.
- Prepare a robust, multi-faceted engagement plan for college counselors or peer mentors, including texting, email, phone, social media, and/or in-person contact on a weekly basis.
- Prioritize counseling related to unanticipated costs and financial needs associated with college enrollment (such as health insurance and student activity fees).
- Train counselors to address informational and logistical challenges, especially navigating financial aid and funding sources and filling out paperwork.
- Prompt counselors to strike a balance between offering encouragement and realistic solutions to navigate a host of new challenges for the student.
- Successful models take a range of forms: both in-person counseling (2-3 hours over the course of the summer) and automated, personalized text messaging approaches have shown promising results.