Programs for Students

College access and success requires student support in six areas.

As a college access provider, school guidance counselor, teacher or administrator, you can help students connect to resources along the pipeline. However, the first and most important step is one students must take themselves - setting college as a goal.

Local College Access Service Providers

The St. Louis region has several college access programs available to students through schools and in the community. Some college access programs are operated by service providers who focus solely on college access and success. Some are focused on one aspect of the college access process like financial aid. Others include college planning or academic support as part of a broader youth program.

Students should start with what is available in their school and local community.

Resources for counselors:

  • In 2012, St. Louis Graduates surveyed area college access programs, youth serving nonprofit organizations and pre-collegiate programs at higher education institutions. The survey responses are collected in the Service Provider Directory which provides detailed information about the services provided, students served and outcomes.
  • The 2012 Lunch & Learn participants, all frontline staff working with students, identified areas of strength among their organizations. This directory of youth services highlights the work of the organizations involved in Lunch & Learn this year.
  • presentation at a recent St. Louis Graduates program discussed local college access programs and is a good starting reference for advisors seeking to help students.