Getting students to and through college.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join Higher Edge?
The college process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Our staff do an amazing job of breaking it down into manageable pieces. Most importantly, we create relationships that will follow you through college until you earn a degree.

Who is eligible?
Higher Edge focuses on students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college, and students who receive free/reduced lunch. Preference is given to New London residents.

How do I apply?
We begin recruiting a new class of students each February. All interested high school juniors can complete and submit their application through our website.

When is the deadline to apply?
We accept up to 40 students for our New London program, and up to 30 students in our Windham program. Therefore, applications are accepted until each incoming cohort is full – which usually occurs by the end of April.

How often do you meet with students?
Higher Edge College Access Program students meet with their advisor a minimum of fourteen times during their senior year of high school. There are also events and workshops that Higher Edge students attend throughout the year in addition to their one-on-ones, including Summer Institute, a multi-day orientation at the end of the summer before your senior year.

Are parents involved in the program?
Yes. We encourage involvement from parents. We present several workshops for parents, including Parent Orientation, our Family FAFSA Workshop, and College Decision Meetings.

What if my parents don’t speak English?
Higher Edge staff are bilingual in English and Spanish. We also have volunteers who speak Haitian Creole.

Dear Higher Edge Community,

As we look toward the future and the start of the upcoming academic year; we are announcing that Higher Edge will continue working virtually. While it had been our hope to open the office to our students and conduct on campus visits; the safety of our students and staff remains at the forefront of our work. Our small community just presents too many moving parts – Students attend 7 different high schools and almost 20 different college/university campuses.

Of course; we continuously monitor guidelines set forth by the CDC, state of Connecticut and local cities/towns in which our offices are located. Reassessments will be made as necessary and any changes will be shared accordingly.

Finally, we miss you! The office has been quiet for the last 17 months. The energy from events and the buzz of students talking and laughing cannot be replaced over Zoom. However, the virtual programming our advisors created during the pandemic proved to have far reaching positive impacts.

We cannot wait until COVID is safely behind us so that we can once again fully focus on advising and get back together!

In Community,
The Higher Edge Team
-Katie, Jason & Gracie