QUEST BRIDGE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
The 2020 National College Match application is now open.
The deadline to apply is September 29, 2020. Apply now >>
We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.
In order to be eligible to apply to the National College Match in the fall of 2020, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2021 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2021.
The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:
- U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or
- Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.
Additional Citizenship Requirements
Important considerations for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of our colleges will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match.
We seek students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of our colleges. The following is based on profiles of past Finalists, and are not strict cut-offs:
Grades and rigor of high school curriculum
Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses.)
Top 5-10% of your graduating class.
Standardized test scores
SAT or PSAT scores > 1310
We also recommend submitting any AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores. Review the standardized testing requirements for each college.
We also look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.
Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.
All sources of family income are taken into account, including:
- Salaries, wages, and tips
- Business and farm income
- Rental income
- Interest and dividend income
- Retirement distributions
- Child support received
Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income of both biological parents, as non-custodial parent information is taken into consideration by our partners when determining financial need. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time.
All assets held by the family are taken into consideration, including:
- Home ownership
- Business or farm ownership
- Cash and savings
- Additional properties
Individual household circumstances are taken into consideration, including:
- The number of people supported by the household income
- The number of students in college (undergraduate only)
- Unemployment or other changes to the household income
- Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch
- Having been in foster care
- Other non-discretionary financial commitments, such as high medical bills
Please note that Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation to the colleges to which they apply. A thorough financial review will be performed by QuestBridge and by the colleges for all students who become Finalists.
We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications:
Parents' level of education
70% of Finalists are among the first generation in their family to attend a U.S. four-year college.
If students have an unusual level of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to help their parents pay the bills, or caring for siblings if their parents are absent or at work.
Accomplishments and leadership roles in extracurricular and community activities.
- A free, online National College Match application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, short answer questions
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
- A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
- A School Profile (optional, but recommended)
- A high school transcript and additional transcripts (if applicable)
- Any standardized test score reports to-date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, or AP test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended.
*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application.
Application Requirements for Finalists
If you are selected as a Finalist in October, additional college materials are due to the colleges you rank. View each college partner page for more "Application Requirements".
Overview of how to apply to 2020 National College Match. We hope that it will help you stay on track to complete your application! The deadline is September 29, 2020.
Be sure to review carefully:
National College Match: How it works
The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.
View all dates and deadlines for the 2020 National College Match. Learn more about the process and timeline for high school seniors below.