A Review of the Role of College Applications on Students’ Postsecondary Outcomes

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Christopher Avery
Jessica Howell
Lindsay Page
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  • Students tend to submit too few college applications and do notapply to enough “reach” and“match” colleges.
  • The application barriers they face may be procedural,geographical, cultural,informational, or financial.
  • Potential solutions to reduce and remove these barriers includeprograms that substantially alterthe usual application processes,provide information about andsupport outreach by colleges,promote the use of collegeapplication fee waivers, andimprove college counseling.
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