Students struggle to understand the impact of loans, aid, and scholarships on their financial future, and can make college decisions based solely on their fear of debt. They may decide not to attend at all. Edquity is a software program for juniors and seniors in the AVID program – often the first of their family to go to college – to curate a list of feasible colleges based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and financial factors. Edquity helps the HHS school counselors guide students through the application process because it shows what each school’s cost will be, as well as the student’s financial responsibility AFTER graduation, allowing for true comparisons. A student may discover that their favorite college or university, which they dismissed as unaffordable, is actually the best financial fit.
Hopkins High School
Submitters: Erik Thompson, Jennifer Heimlich