Idea Bank: Students Recruiting Students

For many high-school students, the college hunt begins somewhere around 10th or 11th grade, when SAT's or ACT's are taken and the rounds of college visits begin. College counselors and parents hover, applications are filled out, and the wait for the fat letter begins. But that's not the way it happens for low-income students—if it happens at all.

Their parents are probably not college graduates and are unfamiliar with the admissions process. They may view school counselors as