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Coalition FAQs for High School Counselors

Illinois State University was selected as part of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success

Here's what high school counselors should know about Illinois State's Coalition application.

What is the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success?

The Coalition is a diverse group of private and public colleges and universities that have come together to improve the college application process for all students, particularly those from underserved populations. Members include public universities that have affordable tuition along with need-based financial aid for in-state residents, and private colleges and universities that provide sufficient financial aid to meet the full, demonstrated financial need of every domestic student they admit. All Coalition schools graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years.

Why has Illinois State chosen to be part of the Coalition?

The Coalition's commitment to underserved students is one we share. Illinois State has a history of providing access to traditionally underrepresented students in higher education. Our relatively low tuition and fees make Illinois State an affordable option for many students, and our persistence and graduation rates are among the best in the country. In short, Illinois State has a track record of commitment to access, success, and affordability.

How will the Coalition affect Illinois State's admissions process?

The criteria for admission to Illinois State will not change as a result of accepting the Coalition application.

Does every student have to use the Coalition application?

No. Students will have the option to apply using either the Coalition application or the Illinois State University application for admission. No preference will be given to students who opt to apply via one application over the other.

What are the main components that make up the Coalition platform?

There are three main components of the Coalition platform:

  • Locker
  • Collaboration space
  • Application portal

While students are encouraged to use the locker and collaboration space to prepare for the admission process and get feedback from teachers and mentors, Illinois State does not require their use.

When can high school students begin to use the Coalition platform?

Students can begin using the Coalition platform at any point in their high school career. Once students create their account, they can access the locker and collaboration space to organize items for their college application.

How do my students share their profile information with Illinois State?

To access the locker, collaboration space, and application portal, your students must first create an account on the Coalition platform and complete their profile. Your students can search for schools they are considering and then share their information with schools of their choice. If a student chooses to share information with Illinois State, this will add that student to our mailing list to receive future communications.

Will Illinois State review or give feedback on documents in my students' lockers?

No. Illinois State admissions staff will not review nor have access to the items in an individual student's locker.

Will my students be at a competitive disadvantage if they do not backfill their locker with materials?

No. The locker is designed to offer a private space for students to organize materials and receive feedback from high school counselors, teachers, and mentors throughout their high school journey. Maintaining a record of these items can help prepare students to complete their college application, but students are not required to have anything stored in their locker to apply to Illinois State.

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2017-09-25T13:54:16.134-05:00 2017