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K-12 Resources

College Connect students in the summer 2017

 College Access newsletter: ACCESS GRANTED

ACCESS GRANTED is a new quarterly newsletter from DePaul's College Access office, containing educational information, post-secondary resources and activities, relevant event invitations, news from our DePaul community, and more. We want this newsletter to be a valuable resource for our partners and audiences, so please email us at to  share your feedback or ideas for future content.  If you'd like to subscribe to ACCESS GRANTED, please complete this form.

College Connect summer program

College Connect is a summer enrichment program for Chicago high school students hosted by the College Access office of the Center for Access and Attainment at DePaul. Designed for rising high school seniors and juniors, the program introduces students to college-level coursework, while also providing college readiness workshops, career exploration opportunities and diverse cultural experiences. College Connect tuition, books and course materials are FREE to admitted students.​ Read more.

Applying to college

Planning for college can be a lengthy, complex process. Below are resources to aid students and their families in planning for and navigating the college search.

  • College Board Big Future - A site that guides students and families through the college planning process from start to finish. 
  • College Board Search - An interactive site that helps families identify colleges that meet the criteria they value the most.
  • IB Student Registry​ - A site designed specifically to connect IB students and IB World Schools with partner universities around the world.

Paying for college

Cost is the biggest barrier preventing low-income and first-generation students from entering and completing college. Below are resources to help families understand the many options available to help pay for college including federal aid, loans, and scholarships.

Federal aid


Borrowing money for college can be intimidating. However, responsible borrowing is a powerful tool that can help first-generation and low-income students afford and graduate from college. The sites below are reliable sources of information that help to clear up some of the myths around borrowing for college and provide families with clear direction on how to responsibly manage student loans. 


Essay editing services

The College Access office is proud to partner with CPS and provide FREE essay editing services to CPS high school seniors applying to college. Our Peer Guides are trained by DePaul's Writing Center to edit students' college application essays as well as essays required for the Gates scholarship, Wentcher Foundation scholarship, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) scholarship​. Learn more about our essay editing service for high school students.