Target Populations: An Overview
College access and success
programs traditionally are thought of as serving high school students on their
way to college. However, many access programs often serve clientele that fall
into several different target populations. Below you will find resources for
those specific populations.
For All Target Populations
Certain students face unique challenges when
applying for financial aid. These tip sheets are designed to help unique
student populations overcome these challenges to successfully navigate the
financial aid process and access higher education.
The brief synthesizes scholarly research
specifically as it pertains to the role of mentoring to promote college access
and success. With an emphasis on implications for practitioners, the brief aims
to serve as a tangible resource for individuals from college access programs,
youth development organizations, and advocacy. In addition, the brief features
interviews with practitioners to share lessons from the field.
In reality, the adult learner
actually may need more counseling and assistance than a traditional high school
student. While adult learners are seeking the same college degree as younger
students, they have the added responsibilities of balancing work, financial
and/or family obligations.
For more information about
Adult Learners, download the Advisor
Training Module - Chapter 11.
and Low-Income Students
Perceptions and College-Going for Low Income Students
This brief highlights how inaccurate information,
cultural predispositions and loan aversion contributes to the enrollment
behavior of low-income students and ultimately, dictates the likelihood of
their degree attainment. It draws upon relevant literature as well as the
experiences of practitioners to offer recommendations on increasing college
access opportunities for underserved students. This brief emphasizes that
when research and practice come together, successful outcomes emerge.
Generation Student Financial Challenges
This presentation was put together for a
professional development opportunity for staff in higher education (admissions
and financial aid representations, as well as TRiO staff) and high school
counselors, etc. It was designed to help both groups understand the challenges
of first-generation, low-income students in higher education.
and Foster Youth
This poster example was provided by the National
Center for Homeless Education at SERVE and the National Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators.
Aid Guide to Success (English) (Spanish)
The White House developed this guide as a
comprehensive step-by-step guide on the financial aid and college enrollment
process for Hispanic high school students and their families. The Guide is the
first of its kind. It consolidates and outlines, in a culturally relevant way,
college application and enrollment information, federal financial aid and
public and private scholarship resources available to better support Hispanic
students in their efforts in and afford a postsecondary education.
Men of Color Along the Educational Pipeline: Research and Practice
This brief features research and practices for
working with male students of color: African American, Asian, Latino, and
Native American. Featured in this brief are four NCAN members, each
experts on working with one of these particular communities.
Undocumented and Deferred Action Students
The Scholarship Foundation of St.
Louis compiled a resource for working with and advising students who are
undocumented or who have received deferred action.