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The College Connection Program is a comprehensive, individualized, and rigorous college access program serving promising students in Philadelphia’s public, public charter, and parochial high schools beginning in their junior year. This two-year intensive program guides academically prepared students through the college application, admissions, and financial aid processes. As our students matriculate to college, they transition from our College Connection program to our College Success program, which works with them through college completion.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for the College Connection program, a student must:

  • Live in Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia Public, Public Charter, or Parochial high school.
  • Currently be in 11th grade. *due to a prolonged 2021 recruitment season*
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student. This means that the student does NOT live with a parent(s)/guardian(s) that has graduated from a college or university in the United States with a bachelor's degree.
  • Earn mostly A's and B's on your 9th and 10th grade report cards.
  • Meet family income guidelines. This is determined by the number of people who live in your household. We require that applicants submit proof of family income.

    Number in Household ............ Annual Earned Income

    2 ..................................................... $31,894
  • 3 ..................................................... $40,182
  • 4 ..................................................... $48,470
  • 5 ..................................................... $56,758
  • 6 ..................................................... $65,046
  • 7 ..................................................... $73,334
  • 8 ..................................................... $81,622
    *Add $8,288 for each additional person in a family with more than 8 members.  


To gain admission to the program, students must complete a comprehensive and holistic application process. This means that we will carefully consider all parts of your application before making an admission decision. The three-round process requires academic information, writing responses, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and an interview for finalists.


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First Round: Determining Eligibility

During this round, we capture biographical information about the applicant, such as demographic and contact information.

Second Round: Submitting Additional Materials

During this round, applicants submit required admission documents, including:

  • Student academic records (report card, transcript or student portal report) for 9th and 10th grade
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal IRS 1040 Tax Return and/or evidence of any family benefits

You will need a parent/guardian to help you complete the second round application.


Final Round: Interview and Skill Review

During the third and final round, applicants are required to complete an interview with a Philadelphia Futures staff member, volunteer, or alumni. We want to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for the program.  


IMPORTANT NOTE: The email you use to register your Submittable account is the email address we will use to communicate with you.  Please double check spelling to ensure you receive all Philadelphia Futures correspondence.


NEED HELP?

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Philadelphia Futures Admissions at admissions@philadelphiafutures.org. Spanish translation is available.

If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission, please reach out to support@submittable.com.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.