About the Symposia

Welcome to the Class of 2022 CollegePoint Midyear Symposia, where advisors and staff from CollegePoint’s four advising partners come together to learn, discuss and share best practices in the evolving landscape of higher education and virtual college advising. The goal of the series is to provide advisors with resources and insights into the higher education landscape that can be applied in their work with students who will soon be making critical decisions regarding college enrollment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CollegePoint advisors and staff

CollegePoint advisors and staff convened at Georgia Institute of Technology in January 2020 to share best practices and strategies for increasing family engagement during the college decision-making process.


Registration for the Midyear Symposia has now closed.


This four week series will aim to equip advisors with the tools and skills needed to support students and their families in completing college and financial aid applications to institutions that best meet their interests, qualifications, and financial needs.

The symposia will take place on February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 12:00 – 3:00pm ET

Weekly Schedule

The Ever-Changing College Landscape | Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 12:00-3:00PM ET

This week’s session will cover the many changes facing colleges from an enrollment and admissions standpoint and offer insight on how to advise students through the spring of their senior year.

Navigating Financial Aid for Lower Income Students | Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 12:00-1:30PM ET

This week’s sessions will consider the recent changes to Pell methodology, the CSS profile, a streamlined FAFSA, verification, and predictions for the future and more for student financial aid.

The College Transition Journey | Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 12:00-3:00PM ET

This week’s sessions will include conversations on the transition to college in light of the pandemic and provide insight to how to begin to prepare students for the fall and beyond.

Looking Back on CollegePoint | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 12:00-2:45PM ET

This week’s sessions will reflect on the work of CollegePoint over the past 8 years and what we have been able to accomplish through our advisors and advising organizations.

Download Agenda

Agenda last updated 01.20.22 

Recommended Reading

Below are a series of articles, videos, and podcasts that are relevant to the topics that will be covered during the upcoming Midyear Symposia. We encourage attendees to review the below content in advance of the convening to add context and further enrich the conversations that will take place.

Pre-reading for Wednesday, February 2, 2022:

Pre-reading for Wednesday, February 9, 2022:

Pre-reading for Wednesday, February 16, 2022:

Pre-reading for Wednesday, February 23, 2022:

Speaker Bios

Access a Youtube playlist of the session recordings from the symposia here.



Advisors, please direct any questions to your organization’s leadership point of contact, listed below. 

College Advising Corps: Shelby Ware (sware@advisingcorps.org)

College Possible: Rowan Tanner (rtanner@collegepossible.org)

Matriculate: Rajwantie Sahai (rsahai@matriculate.org)

ScholarMatch: advising@scholarmatch.org

Invited guests, please reach out to Many Correa (gcorrea@bloomberg.org)

About CollegePoint

Each year, tens of thousands of hardworking, high-achieving students from low- and moderate-income families fail to apply to leading colleges and universities that they are qualified to attend.

To address this college undermatching challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the CollegePoint initiative, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions committed to increasing the number of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students enrolling in top colleges from 1/3 of 70,000 to more than 1/2 of that same number by 2020.

Since 2014, the coalition has served over 80,000 students. CollegePoint partners with respected national organizations, including ACT, College Advising Corps, College Board, College Possible, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Matriculate, ScholarMatch and uAspire to provide students with personalized information on their college options and the associated costs, and, ultimately, to support them to apply to and enroll in top-performing colleges nationwide.