How CollegeTracks Works
Figuring out which colleges are a good fit, how to apply to them, and how to pay for it all can be overwhelming. CollegeTracks helps students manage the challenges of the college experience so they persist, graduate and find a path that allows them to achieve independence, support families and give back to the community. CollegeTracks staff members work full-time in four Montgomery County high schools: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill, and Wheaton, where they serve juniors and seniors.
Shirley Salazar B-CC HS 2014; Trinity Washington University 2018, B.S. Nursing; Howard University Hospital, Registered Nurse
“When my college acceptances came through, CollegeTracks helped me break down the financial aid details, which are very complicated to decipher. My sister didn’t have this help, so she made some costly mistakes because the financial aid packages are so difficult to understand.”
College Access Program
The Access Program focuses on admissions and financial aid advising. It expands awareness of college and career options, identifies colleges that fit each student, uses a “Milestones to College” student workbook to take students through the critical milestones of the college admissions process, advises on college decisions, engages parents, provides hands-on help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program also assists with scholarship applications, advocates with college financial aid officers, and helps analyze financial aid packages to find enough financial aid to ensure students will not incur burdensome debt.
Brandon Rodrigues Watkins Mill HS 2017; Goucher College, Business Communications 2021
“Point blank, join CollegeTracks. It sounds like a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it. The CollegeTracks staff will literally sit by your side when you fill out college applications. They know the process is not easy because they also went through it.”
College Success Program
Our Success Program supports students once they enter college. CollegeTracks coaches help students establish academic goals, get involved on campus, declare a major, renew and secure ongoing financial aid, and find career-related experiences so they can get their degrees. The program teaches students critical success skills, helps them manage challenges, and provides individual coaching as needed.
Since 2003, CollegeTracks has served more than 4,000 students. CollegeTracks students have enrolled in college and graduated at a rate that far exceeds the average for low-income students nationally and for those in MCPS. Each year, CollegeTracks seniors secure more than $7 million in financial aid for their first year of college and earned high-value scholarships through programs such as Posse, QuestBridge, Gates Millennium, Horatio Alger, Herb Denton, NAACP, Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, and New Futures.