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Why should I (or my child) work with A Better Chance?

Anyone can apply to most A Better Chance Member Schools - but our Cohort enjoys these advantages:

  1. Common Application (the same for each school to which you apply)
  2. Most fees waived (such as the application fee)
  3. Scholar Support, including leadership capacity development programs and college & career workshops

Learn More about What A Better Chance Provides

When to Apply

When you submit an application to A Better Chance, you become a potential candidate for one of our Member Schools. Since our application cycle begins much earlier than the average school application, we allow students to get a head start on the admissions process to our Member Schools.

When you begin your A Better Chance application in February, you start preparing for schools’ application processes almost six months earlier. Because of this,  when you submit an application to A Better Chance, you are actually completing an application for 2 grade levels above your current grade. For example, if a student in the 7th grade completes our application, that student becomes a candidate for the 9th grade. 

Current Grade Placement Grade


5 7
6 8
7 9
8 10
9 11

Important Dates in the Application Process

  • Application Becomes Available Online: February 1
  • Application is Due: April 15
  • Decisions released to Applicants: mid- to late June

Things to do before you apply