The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.
If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.
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:
- "Does this student have the motivation and academic ability to thrive at one of our partner colleges?"
- "Has this student overcome socio-economic obstacles to achieve academic excellence?
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:
- U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
- Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States
View additional citizenship requirements below.
QuestBridge takes all of the following factors into account when evaluating an application for the National College Match:
- Academic Achievement
- Financial Qualifications
- Personal Circumstances
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:
|Grades and rigor of high school curriculum: Primarily As in the most challenging courses at your high school (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses, if available.)
|Class rank: Top 5-10% of your graduating class.
|Standardized test scores: SAT (CR+M) scores above 1250; ACT composite score above 27. We also recommend submitting any AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores. Review thestandardized testing requirements for each partner college.
|We also look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.
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:
- Salaries, wages, and tips
- Business and farm income
- Rental income
- Interest and dividend income
- Retirement distributions
- Child support received
Deadline: September 26, 2014
For more info, please visit: www.questbridge.org