Throughout high school and during senior year, KIPP MA students and their families receive college counseling support to assist in the sometimes difficult transition to college. This support includes college match selection and assistance identifying and securing financial aid, ACT preparation, strategic goal setting, and pre-college workshops for students and families.
Once KIPP MA alumni are enrolled in college, KTC is there to help ensure that students have the resources and self-advocacy skills needed to attain a college degree. The KTC counseling team builds strong partnerships with the universities where KIPPsters attend, counsel alumni about financial aid, course selection, and career paths, and provides access to important on- and off-campus resources.
At the national level, KIPP works to keep KIPPsters connected through the College Ambassadors program and has created college partnerships with the institutions that share our belief that a student’s zip code and family income should not dictate whether he or she attains a degree. Partner universities commit to not only admitting KIPP students, but also providing critical resources once those students are on campus to ensure that the students remain on track for a college degree. Current KIPP college partners include Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, Colby College, Syracuse University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.
KIPP MA also recognizes that a post-secondary education for some students will not be earned at a traditional four-year college or university. We have developed strong relationships with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Year Up and Match Beyond which offer two year Associate Degree programs. In addition, many of our alumni are persisting at a number of the local community colleges.
The KIPP Foundation recently completed a survey of our alumni. The results from the survey can be found here.