Checklist Program


What is the Checklist Program?

The Checklist Program is a no-cost virtual coaching curriculum for high school juniors and seniors from underserved communities across the country. 

Students will benefit from a straightforward, step-by-step approach for the college application process that, when followed, will provide concrete results and specific accomplishments: completed application forms, finished essays, filed financial aid forms, submitted scholarship applications. 

How Does It Work?

The Checklist Program use a coaching curriculum that follows the college application timeline. The program provides the checklists, feedback, guidance, and active reminders for what students need to do to complete college, financial aid and scholarship applications through the Cialfo and College Greenlight college application digital platforms. 

The Checklist Program is virtual so that we can reach every connected student in America. Behind every video, virtual meeting, text message, and email is a real, committed, knowledgeable advisor that personalizes the guidance for each student situation. 

What Kind of Student is Eligible?

First, the student needs to have a strong interest in attending a four-year college. We don’t set test score requirements or request nominations because we want student access to be as broad as possible. 

Second, the student needs to start the program with a commitment to participate and stay engaged. We recommend a two hour weekly commitment

What Topics are Covered?

  • How to fill out the FAFSA

  • How to build the college list that’s right for you

  • How to understand what careers relate to what college studies

  • How to set up a Common Application account/MyCoalition account

  • What are all the items you need to apply to college and what do they cost?

  • How to create a student resume that can be used for college and scholarship applications

  • How to write a college essay

  • How to use a scholarship search tools like Fastweb/Edmit/Scholly/Cappex

  • How to find scholarships that you are eligible for

  • How to complete and submit a scholarship application

  • The soft skills: how to talk to your parents about college goals; how to stay connected to your home community; how to engage and make college meaningful for you.

How I Sign Up?

Students can enroll individually or through their school or community-based organization. Student applicants will receive a short online screening survey to ensure the appropriate fit to this pilot program. Students can sign up on this form and will be contacted by a member of our team with additional information. 

Have More Questions?

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