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|Who Should Apply for the National College Match?|
The QuestBridge National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges.
We do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, or income and we take a holistic approach in reviewing applications. When selecting finalists for the National College Match, we try to answer the following questions:
In order to be eligible to apply for the National College Match in fall 2014, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the spring/summer of 2015 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2015.
The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:
View additional citizenship requirements below.
QuestBridge takes all of the following factors into account when evaluating an application for the National College Match:
We seek 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 cut-offs:
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 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.
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:
This section is in the process of being updated for the 2014 National College Match and the information below may change.
College Match Requirements: The following partner colleges will consider undocumented students (students who live in the U.S. and do not have a current visa) for the full College Match scholarship: Brown, Carleton, Grinnell, Pomona, Princeton, Swarthmore, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, Williams, and Yale.
The following partner colleges will consider international students (students attending high school in the U.S. on a valid visa) for the full College Match scholarship: Brown, Carleton, Grinnell, Pomona, Princeton, Swarthmore, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, and Yale.
The schools that are not listed may still consider students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents on a case-by-case basis. If there is a school that you are very interested in, you may still include that school in your rankings list even if it is not listed above.
Regular Decision Requirements: Most of our partners will consider all students who apply through QuestBridge Regular Decision, regardless of citizenship status. Each year, many QuestBridge applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents gain acceptance and financial aid to our partner colleges via Regular Decision.
View a profile of our Finalists from the most recent College Match.
|Matched Students Profile
View a profile of our matched students from the most recent College Match.
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