CARPE College Access Network
This project is generously supported through the 2022-23 school year and FREE for all participating schools. We are now accepting applications and will onboard 10-12 schools for Fall 2021, expanding the network to 30 schools.
We will accept applications on a rolling basis.
Measurably Improving College Access
for Traditionally Underrepresented Students in Southern California
The Center for Research on Equity and Innovation (CREI) at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education is seeking high schools to join the CARPE College Access Network for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Our aim is to increase the number of students who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous or from low-income backgrounds who apply, enroll and ultimately go to schools they are most likely to graduate from. Since Spring 2018, CREI has brought together a diverse group of high schools from Southern California to tackle the persistent problem of improving college access for all.
In our first two years, our network has already achieved significant improvements:
- FAFSA and Dream Act Completion: The network improved financial aid completion rates by 11 percentage points (from 64% to 75%), with two schools notably improving move than 20 percentage points in one year. In addition, of the 24 schools that made the CSAC Leaderboard for SY 2019-20, four were CARPE schools.
- CalGrant Awardance: Since our network began, an additional 144 students from low-income backgrounds have received a CalGrant, amounting to over $7 million in financial aid that students and families do not need to pay back.
- College Enrollment: The National Student Clearinghouse reported that Fall 2020 saw a 7.6% decrease in college enrollment across our nation, which has largely been attributed to the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19. However, as a network, we improved 4-year college going rates in the first year and held steady in Fall 2020.
Building on this initial success, we are now accepting applications to expand the network and partner with 10-12 additional schools in Southern CA.