College Match was established to concentrate on high achieving low-income high school students. College Match provides comprehensive college access services to low-income students in twelve Los Angeles inner-city public schools.
College Match counselors help students learn about and gain the support they need to reach for possibilities they never dreamed about. This includes sessions with students throughout their last two years of high school. College Match helps our students and their families to fill out college application forms with a heavy emphasis on the essays. Because College Match students are from low-income families, and do not have the financial means to attend college, our staff assists them and their families to learn about and complete applications for various types of financial aid so that they can qualify for appropriate financial aid packages.
With a team of highly qualified instructors, all College Match students participate in small classes throughout the year to to prepare them for this critical exam. We are proud of the pay-off: over the past five years, our seniors have raised their average SAT scores by approximately 345 points.
Because it is so important for students to feel comfortable and ready to select a college, College Match raises funds so that our students can join their more affluent peers in visiting colleges throughout the country. This helps them to make the transition from the community in which they grew up to a broader community and an independent experience. To be perfectly honest, we may provide more extensive college site visits to top colleges than any non-profit organization in America. College Match students will see approximately 50 outstanding colleges in 2013, and as you know, these trips allow students to recognize the great opportunities they have and in many ways, help change their lives.