Tracey Taylor, Nonprofits Add Mentoring to Money to Keep Minorities in College, The New York Times, 3/18/10 Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/us/19sfassist.html
East Bay College Fund, a nonprofit organization that awards college students financial aid includes mentoring as part of the package, to ensure those students go on to graduate. Experts in education say the program may provide a model for bridging the college completion gap.
“We need more strategies to keep kids in school,” Dr. Kirp, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, said. “The financial crunch has led to higher tuition fees, and cuts in courses, which means some students are facing a more expensive, longer term at college.” Seeing the horizon stretching out indefinitely can discourage students who are already feeling overwhelmed.