The Bottom Line on College Counseling
This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) review assesses the quality and findings of a study examining the Bottom Line Counseling college advising model. The review found that the study meets WWC standards without reservations, which equates to strong evidence of effectiveness (Tier 1) under the Every Student Succeeds Act tiers of evidence. The study found that Bottom Line Counseling had a large positive effect on 4-year college enrollment and a positive impact on college persistence among the first cohort of students.
Bottom Line Counseling provides individualized advising to high school students in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York. Through the program, counselors help students identify and apply to colleges that should be a good match both financially and academically. The program emphasizes college affordability via analysis of both student financial aid packages and the full cost of college attendance.