“Summer melt” is a phenomenon in which students commit to enroll in a college but then don’t attend.
These students often include low-income, first-generation students who made it through the admissions and financial aid processes, but after graduation from high school fail to transition to college.
In high school, students typically have a school counselor who helps with college planning. But after graduation, they are left to continue the process on their own. Obstacles such as confusing paperwork, family responsibilities, pressure not to attend college or leave home, fear and doubt, and poor college knowledge can lead to a student’s choice not to attend.
In a recent study, two-thirds of students appeared to be Pell-eligible but had not completed the application process either because they did not know the status of their financial aid or did not realize it was incomplete. The burden of paperwork, such as verification, can be overwhelming for students. They may also be confused about admissions, housing, and financial aid.
Here’s how you can help at-risk students matriculate into college:
- Provide ongoing social and emotional support for students and families so they can learn to cope with unforeseen challenges.
- Provide intensive financial guidance to interpret financial documents, help make funding decisions, and understand the types of financial aid available to them.
- Help students find the best career pathway based on their skills, interests, and goals.
If you work with students who need guidance on how to complete financial documents or need an extra push, EducationQuest is available during the summer months to help them.