A comprehensive program that provides one-on-one advising to help students from low-income backgrounds get into and graduate from college.
[Disclosure: Arnold Ventures provided funding for the randomized controlled trial of Bottom Line.]
Bottom Line is a program designed to help high school students from low-income backgrounds get into and graduate from college. Students are eligible for the program if they have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or greater and come from families that make less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Bottom Line serves such students through two linked programs: Access and Success. In the Access program, students meet one-on-one with full-time, trained advisors every 3-4 weeks throughout their senior year of high school to: (i) identify colleges where they are likely to be successful; (ii) apply to those schools; (iii) complete financial aid and scholarship applications; and (iv) select a college or university that best meets their needs.
If students choose to attend one of Bottom Line’s “target institutions,” they are invited to join the Success program, which begins the summer between high school and college. Through the Success program, campus-based advisors provide students enrolled in target institutions with continued individualized support for up to six years following high school in several areas including course selection, adjusting to college social life, and managing financial aid. Success program advisors meet with students an average of 3-4 times per semester during their first year of college and approximately twice per semester thereafter.
The estimated per-student cost of Bottom Line is approximately $4,000.
Click here for the Bottom Line website.