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.

Higher Edge is now accepting applications for the CAP Class of 2023. High school juniors from New London and the surrounding towns and Willimantic are encouraged to apply. For more information or to get your questions answered, email go@higheredge.org.