Colorado is planning a single web site where the state’s 195,000 high school students can go for information on applying to in-state colleges and universities.
The state has lined up five years of funding for the web site, which will match students’ interests and academic goals with Colorado schools. The site will even tell students what high school courses they need to complete for admittance to a specific college.
The site, ColoradoMentor.com, will debut in November, and the state hopes that all of Colorado’s colleges and universities will join.
The University of Northern Colorado, the University of Denver, Regis University, and Colorado College have announced participation, and the four-campus University of Colorado system plans to sign on.
Students can apply for admission, financial aid, and student loans at the site, and they can learn about scholarships. They can complete online profiles and release them to colleges for recruitment. The site will be free.
“Technology is very familiar to today’s students, and this web-based application system will provide information and access to students making their college and career decisions,” Gov. Bill Owens said.
Culver City, Calif.-based Xap Corp. will provide the service for $1.5 million the first year and $800,000 each year after. The service will be supported by the state’s student-loan program.