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July 18, 2018
How One Summer Program Is Trying to Get More Mississippi Teens to College
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report
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Seventeen-year-old Lilly Reilly spends most summers relaxing at her home in southern Mississippi, watching television, playing video games, and enjoying other “teenager stuff.” This summer, Reilly upped the game on her summer activities. She visited two state colleges, spent the night in a dorm, took ACT preparation classes, and learned ways to pay for college.

The activities are part of Camp College, a free, week-long program that helps students who are less likely to go to college learn how to get there—and how to pay for it.

Addressing Educational Inequity in Urban Areas
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
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Being a front-line provider of higher education means meeting students where they are and helping them grow to where they want to be. 

Through the Pathways to the Future initiative, the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) does that and more. It offers free shuttle service between its five campuses; students also receive more face-to-face advising, so they can get complete information they want and need about financial aid, about where the jobs are, and even which classes have the most rigorous curriculum. 

A Free Sandwich Can Make the Difference for Some Migrant Worker Children in College
Wayne D'Orio, The Hechinger Report/Pacific Standard
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When Jerry Gomez-Delgado thinks back to his first year at California State University-Fresno, he remembers how close he was to dropping out and going to work on a dairy farm with his father. 

Gomez-Delgado says help from the university's College Assistance Migrant Program allowed him to survive. The federal program, created in 1972 to support children of agricultural workers succeed once they get to college, counseled Gomez-Delgado on selecting a roommate, gave advice on interacting with professors, and helped him apply for a desperately needed part-time job. But most of all, he remembers the program's constant flow of just-in-time supports like the free sandwiches. 

By persisting through his first year and later thriving, Gomez-Delgado's success has had a ripple effect on his family. He was the first to attend college, and inspired his sister, Fabiola, to enter Fresno's program in 2015. When Jerry earned a degree in 2017, his graduation ceremony swayed his youngest sister, Julia, to follow in his footsteps. 

To Freeze ‘Summer Melt’ in Its Tracks, Congress Must Fix the FAFSA
Justin Draeger, The Hill
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Students across the country are preparing to buy school supplies, get their textbooks, and head to campus for the start of fall semester. But some students who intend on attending college this fall won’t make it. What causes students, who seem otherwise prepared, to “melt” away rather than matriculate? For too many, it’s the overly complex process of applying for and receiving student aid funding.

Views: The Clearest Path to Improving Economic Mobility
Mark Vitner, The Charlotte Observer
Blog: Taking the Time to Connect the Community to Career Opportunities
Brett Melvin, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Why 20-Somethings Make Terrific College Counselors for Low-Income Students
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Study Indicates Free Textbooks Boost Grades
James Paterson, Education Dive
Alone in the Ivy League
U.S. News & World Report
All in the Family
Eric Melcher, AACC 21st Century Center
Hogan Wants to Expand Tuition-Free College Program
Ovetta Wiggins and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
Elite Colleges Have No Monopoly on the Liberal Arts
Rachel Buurma and Laura Heffernan, The Chronicle Review
Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students
Community College Research Center
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