Helping Atlanta’s High School Grads Get to College is a Summertime Duty

July 25, 2019
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

For high schools, getting students to graduation day is no longer the finish line. Counselors and education nonprofits increasingly are stepping in to help students navigate the tricky months in between earning their diplomas and heading to college. Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the nation’s high school graduates who intend to go to college don’t make it to campus. Summertime obstacles — tuition struggles and seemingly endless checklists and deadlines — derail their plans. Low-income students and those who would be the first in their families to go to college are particularly vulnerable to the problem, which researchers have dubbed “summer melt.”

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