Early Awareness Strategies for College Access and Success

Posted by National College Access Network on May 23, 2016

What Does the Research Say about Early Awareness Strategies for College Access and Success?

Postsecondary early awareness strategies are a fast-growing component of college access to attainment efforts. Broadly defined, these programs and policies encourage low-income and first-generation students to gain the information, skills, and resources they need to successfully take part in higher education. They focus on students in fifth through eighth grades, to communicate that education beyond high school is an option, and to help them understand the steps they must take to prepare.

The primary goal of this report is to provide information that will be the basis for future program creation and policy discussions about early awareness interventions. Early awareness programs fall into one of several categories:

*information programs,
*scholarship programs,
*the federal GEAR UP cohort model, and
*college savings accounts.

Current evidence suggests that each of these models can be successful, but at varying degrees and with a wide range in cost.


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