National College Match: How To Apply

To be considered for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners, your first step is to submit a free, online National College Match application, which will serve as your application to our college partners if you are selected as a Finalist.

Application Components

  • Information on your academics, activities, household, and financial background*
  • Two essays and short answers
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • School Report from your current high school counselor
  • School Profile (optional, but recommended)
  • Current high school transcript and additional transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Any available standardized test score reports (if taken). We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, AP, or TOEFL test scores (unofficial test score reports are accepted)
*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application accurately.


Application Resources

Use the resources below to complete the National College Match application.


Our help center with short articles on our most frequently asked questions.


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.


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

Income and Assets Guide

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

Application Instructions

A quick-start guide to the National College Match application.

Student Resource Center

Detailed information about recommendations and writing essays.

Student Resource Center Workbook

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

Application Requirements for Finalists

If you are selected as a Finalist, additional materials are due to the colleges.

Learn more about Match Requirements >>

Learn more about QuestBridge Regular Decision Requirements >> 

Application FAQs

What standardized tests are required to apply to the National College Match?

Who should write my recommendation letters and how many do I need to submit?

What documents do I need to fill out the Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) Income and Assets page?