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Center for Student Opportunity Debuts New College Guidebook Targeted to Underserved Students

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“Increasingly, colleges and universities are placing an emphasis on outreach initiatives, financial aid programs, and student support services,” said Matt Rubinoff, executive director of Center for Student Opportunity.

Last month, Center for Student Opportunity released a new guidebook dedicated to promoting college opportunity for the traditionally underserved. The College Access & Opportunity Guide profiles over 225 four-year colleges and universities offering college access and retention programs for first-generation, low-income, and minority college-bound students.

“Increasingly, colleges and universities are placing an emphasis on outreach initiatives, financial aid programs, and student support services,” said Matt Rubinoff, executive director of Center for Student Opportunity. “Yet, students, their families, and even counselors and community leaders are not always fully aware of the array of college opportunity that exists for them. The College Access & Opportunity Guide fills this void by providing students with guidance through the college process and delivering easy-to-read information on strong college programs aimed to serve students like them.”

The guidebook includes a four-step plan developed in concert with KnowHow2GO—a national college access campaign created in partnership with Lumina Foundation for Education, American Council on Education, and the Ad Council—that provides students with guidance on how to prepare themselves for college, find the right school, and apply for financial aid. It also includes advice on how to best utilize a high school guidance counselor and encourages students to take more rigorous courses in high school.

Center for Student Opportunity, in conjunction with the schools featured in the guidebook and partner foundations and associations, expects to distribute over one hundred thousand free copies of the guidebook free to high schools and community organizations nationwide.

More information on the College Access & Opportunity Guide, including purchasing details, is available at http://www.guideorder.csopportunity.org/.

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