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As a parent, guardian, or family member of a student preparing to apply to college, you likely have questions about QuestBridge, the college application process, affordability, college fit, and more. We're here to help.

Why QuestBridge

Our Students

QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that exists to ensure high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds can reach their full potential at the nation's best colleges. We seek students who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. View our academic and financial eligibility guidelines for high school juniors and seniors.

Our College Partners

While leading colleges have a very high price tag, they are often the most affordable college option for low-income students. Our colleges guarantee to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need. View a list of our college partners and learn more about financial aid at top colleges.

Our Programs

The QuestBridge path to college begins with the College Prep Scholars Program, which helps high school juniors become strong applicants to top colleges. In their senior year, students can apply to the National College Match, an admissions process that connects students with admission and full four-year scholarships or generous financial aid at our college partners. Students admitted to a college partner through the National College Match join the QuestBridge Scholars Network, which provides them with engagement opportunities and a supportive community on campus and nationwide. After graduation, the QuestBridge Alumni Association provides additional opportunities to support students to achieve success in their careers and communities.

Application Resources

We encourage you to use the resources below to help your student complete the College Prep Scholars Program and National College Match applications. 

AskQB Our online help portal of frequently asked questions.

Application Instructions:

College Prep Scholars Program (PDF)

National College Match (PDF)

Quick-start guides to the applications.

Income and Assets Guide (PDF)

A glossary of terms to help you and your student complete the Income and Assets page fully and accurately.


College Prep Scholars Program (Playlist)

National College Match (Playlist)

Short video tutorials on the QuestBridge YouTube channel for key sections of the application.


Live and on-demand webinars designed to give key information about the application process, as well as other virtual opportunities to get your questions answered by QuestBridge Staff.

National College Match Process and Timeline

Dates and deadlines for the National College Match for high school seniors.

Student Resource Center Workbook

A collection of interactive resources to help students complete various sections of our application.

General Resources

Visit our Student Resource Center for information to help equip your student for the college admissions process. We hope these resources will also assist your student as they apply to the College Prep Scholars Program and the National College Match.

Grade-Specific Checklists Checklists to guide you and your student as you discuss and consider tasks for each year of high school.

Preparing for College

Resources to help your student decide on high school classes, standardized tests, and summer activities as they build a strong college application.

Applying to College

Tips for supporting your student as they research colleges, request recommendation letters, and tell their unique story through college essays.

Paying for College

Tools for understanding financial aid at top colleges and seeing what your student’s financial aid package might look like.