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High-school counselors are often the only resource for college-bound students whose parents lack the experience or time to help them navigate SATs, financial-aid applications and personal essays.
Yet, today’s counselors are juggling an average caseload nationally of 471 students — in Washington, the ratio is 516-to-1. Meanwhile, just 18 percent of the state’s disadvantaged students go on to enroll in four-year institutions.
Education Lab’s next story examines how two programs — one in Seattle, the other in Oakland, Calif. — are filling the gaps of an overburdened counseling system and helping low-income students successfully transition to college. Pick up a paper or visit seattletimes.com/education this Sunday for the story.