ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri high schools and universities are working to ensure students' college plans remain on course.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an estimated 200,000 students nationally experience "summer melt," a term that means they're derailed before arriving to college.
University of Pittsburgh professor Lindsay Page has studied the phenomenon for a decade. She says low-income and first-generation students disproportionately experience summer melt.
St. Louis Public Schools operated a summer college and career center to help students with transcripts and financial aid issues.
The University of Missouri holds a two-day campus visit for students and parents. It helps students get enrolled in classes and gives them tips on adjusting to campus life.
Washington University in St. Louis created a program three years ago to help students transition.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com