It may be extremely difficult to navigate the college admissions process, especially for those who do not have access to mentorship and advice. UNCF research has also discovered that only 57 percent of black students had complete access to college-ready courses, according to the organisation. Unfortunately, many students who are lucky enough to be accepted to a programme leave out before completing their course of study. In reality, according to a survey published by Education Data, students of colour had the highest dropout rate, with 54 percent of students of colour dropping out. According to the survey, one-third of those students dropped out before their sophomore year, with financial strain being listed as the most common reason for doing so.
College Thriver Education’s new app is intended to help close the achievement gap and enhance college preparedness retention among kids of colour, according to the organisation. The app streamlines the college admissions process from beginning to end by linking students in grades 6-12 with data-driven feedback to help them effectively prepare for and meet college entrance standards. A community-based solution for services such as accommodation, funding, testing, tutoring and mentoring can be found through the app. Students may also utilise the app to obtain transportation.
In addition to preparation and retention, College Thriver Education’s new software is designed to assist students in adjusting to life after graduation. According to a survey published by CNBC, student debt has a significant negative impact on black borrowers. According to the findings of the survey, 66 percent of Black borrowers express regret about having sought for a school loan. A debit card rebate programme is also available through the College Thriver Education app, which is designed to help Black students minimise their college debt burden by rewarding them with cash savings during their college careers. In the long run, this will aid in the elimination of college debt and the reduction of long-term stress for students after graduation.
A variety of services are offered by Shawntia Lee’s College Thriver Education, which was formed in 2020 and includes Higher Education Consulting, Internship Placement, Enrollment Management, ACT/Sat Preparation, and other services. On being asked about her inspiration for developing the app, she stated: “I became tired of the systemic injustice that is created in higher education for students of colour; therefore, I developed the app to close the equity gap and provide equal access to higher education for everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status in life.”