The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges. If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match.
QuestBridge’s partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students. Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less.
This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.
Important considerations for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of our colleges will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match.
The QuestBridge National College Match connects high achieving but low income students with admission and full four year scholarships to its partner colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan free, and require no parental contribution.
QuestBridge’s partner colleges include many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and are all committed to seeking out and admitting high-achieving students regardless of family income. All of QuestBridge’s partner colleges offer financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, so students can be assured that attending a top-tier college will not place a financial burden on their families.
QuestBridge partner colleges are actively seeking to increase the number of outstanding low-income students on their campuses. When the partner colleges see applications from QuestBridge students, they are able to recognize students’ achievements in the context of the economic hardships they have overcome.
As a non-profit organization, QuestBridge programs are completely free of charge. Additionally, to help ensure that students can afford all aspects of the college admissions process, our partner colleges waive their application fees for College Match Finalists. QuestBridge also offers a limited number of fee waivers to the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, a required financial aid application for most partner colleges.
The QuestBridge National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite economic challenges. The QuestBridge does not have absolute criteria or cutoffs for GPA, standardized test scores, or income and we take a holistic approach in reviewing applications. When selecting College Match Finalists, it considers the following questions:
In order to be eligible to apply for the National College Match in the fall of 2015, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2016 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2016. The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all
QuestBridge takes all of the following factors into account when evaluating an application for the National College Match
The QuestBridge seeks students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of our partner colleges. The academic characteristics below are based on profiles of Finalists from previous years, and are not strict requirements or cutoffs
College Match Finalists typically come from households earning less than $60,000 annually for a family of four, and often less than $50,000. This is not a strict cutoff and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify. All sources of family income are taken into account, including
Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income of both biological parents, as non-custodial parent information is taken into consideration by our partner schools when determining financial need. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time. All assets held by the family are taken into consideration, including
Please note that Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation to the colleges to which they apply. A thorough financial review will be performed by QuestBridge and by the colleges for all students who become Finalists.
We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications
Read more here http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-who-should-apply
Important considerations for students who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of the partner colleges will consider non-US Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match. Most of the partner colleges use federal and state funds to finance a portion of the scholarships, and these funds are only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.
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