Are you applying to college this year – or are you the friend, parent, or teacher of a student who will be submitting applications soon?

We just launched a new course designed to support students – especially those who may not have access to a full range of counseling services – in navigating the college application process.

In “How to Apply to College,” you’ll learn what to look for in a college and how to ensure success following enrollment. You’ll also complete step-by-step exercises to prepare you to apply for financial aid, find scholarship resources, and use a net price calculator to estimate tuition and expenses.

Eric J. Furda, Penn’s Dean of Admissions, and Dr. Sean Vereen, President of Steppingstone Scholars, worked together to create the course. Dr. Vereen notes, “We are sharing the stories of students who have traversed the process, showing first-generation, low income students that, yes, there are people just like you who are out there doing this.”

“The goal isn’t to go to college,” according to Dean Furda. “Rather, the goal is to graduate from college. This course will be especially helpful in closing the information gap for students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who are underrepresented in higher education.”

“Education facilitates social mobility, and more needs to done to make college access and opportunity easier,” says Furda. “We hope this course will be especially helpful in closing the information gap for students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who are underrepresented in higher education.”

How to Apply to College is open for enrollment on Coursera now, with new sessions starting every month. Learn more and enroll today!