The Common Application: Expanding the Future of Higher Education Access
Speaker - Meredith Lombardi, The Common Application
Friday, April 20 – 11:30 a.m.
Meredith Lombardi provided an overview of Commom App initiatives, their effectiveness, and ideas for how the association can connect students with essential resources for success.
The Common Application is a not-for-profit member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Founded in 1975, The Common Application has long been a leader in the college application transaction – that point in time where students complete and submit an application. Now, with an applicant pool of over 1 million students, a recommender base of 600,000 educators, and a diverse membership nearing 800 institutions, the association is building on its four-decade legacy by collaborating with educators, researchers, foundations, and like-minded organizations to expand educational opportunities for all students.
Central to these efforts are partnerships, information campaigns, and educational resources specifically designed to address concerns of college affordability through increased financial aid awareness. Among these initiatives are:
- A FAFSA completion campaign and research project that reached 450,000 first-generation and low-income students
- A streamlined fee waiver process that resulted in $55 million in waived application fees
- Embedded financial aid resources, mentoring connections, and scholarship opportunities within the application
- A network for educators of national awareness and advocacy campaigns within the recommendation system