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A guide for college prep the summer before senior year

Philadelphia Futures releases the supplement to its college resource guide.
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Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit organization focused on providing college access to low-income, first-generation-to-college students, has released the summer supplement to its annual Step Up to College guide.

The free supplement guides students through eight steps that they should take during the summer before their senior year to prepare for college. Some of these steps include preparing for the SAT, visiting college campuses, writing application essays, and researching the types of financial aid. The six-page supplement was made possible through support from First Niagara Bank.

“We are grateful to the Bank for its investment in this resource, which will support Philadelphia students on their journey to college,” said Philadelphia Futures executive director Joan C. Mazzotti in a statement announcing the supplement.

The latest edition of Step Up to College, released in October 2015, is the publication's 26th edition. Highlights of the guide include integrated worksheets, grade-specific checklists, and detailed information about finding a college that fits and securing financial aid.

Philadelphia Futures staff members are available to present at schools or meet with high school juniors to help guide them through the steps.

Print editions of the Step Up to College guide are free to students and their families in Philadelphia’s District, charter, and parochial high schools and are available at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Andre Dienner is an intern at the Notebook.

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