Getting students to and through college.

Our Programs

College Access Program

College Access Program

The College Access Program (CAP) is the first step towards putting our students on a path to success. Through one-on-one advising, students learn to navigate and conquer the daunting application process.

Higher Edge advisors are trained on all aspects of the college landscape with a focus on matching our students to a school where they can and will be successful. Together, advisors and students work to:

  • Identify academic interests and potential
  • Visit college campuses
  • Create a comprehensive college list
  • Craft and polish essays
  • Complete solid college applications
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Search and apply for scholarships
  • Analyze financial aid awards and determine the most affordable option
  • Make an informed college decision


Success Program

Success Program

The Success Program supports Higher Edge students who completed the College Access Program and have enrolled in college. Students are advised and mentored on their campuses for up to six years.

The success program is a crucial element in supporting our students to achieve their goal of walking across the stage. This support focuses on academic, financial, and career guidance. Success Program students:

  • Build on the skills developed in the College Access Program (CAP)
  • Serve as role models to students in the CAP
  • Engage in individualized coaching, sensitive to their individual needs
  • Connect with on-campus resources
  • Ensure financial aid packages are consistent and secured
  • Receive transfer coaching, if needed
  • Gain access to leadership opportunities
  • Secure summer internship placement


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 & Kayla