Students Pen Free College Guide

Students Pen Free College Guide


College students from Harvard, Stanford, and Yale have created a college admissions and financial aid guide that is now being sent to every public high school in America. Attempting to level the college application playing field, Fair Opportunity Project’s aims to get every student the best college admittance information available, regardless of background. The guide is free and in PDF format.

Fair Opportunity Project received input from college students, 200 high school guidance counselors, and top college admissions offices across the nation to ensure its accuracy and quality. 

“Fair Opportunity Project gets to the heart of one of the most pervasive inequities in our education system: college access,” said Katherine K. Merseth, Senior Lecturer at Harvard University and Founder of Harvard Teacher Fellows. “It helps to level the playing field for students across the U.S. by making valuable information and resources available for free.”

The more than 60-page guide is comprehensive and covers the nuances of what matters in a college application, how to prepare for standardized testing, how to apply for financial aid, how to prepare for interviews and much more. The guide is divided into five sections: the college application, affording college, before college applications, essays that worked and additional tools. 

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

One commenter wrote “I have a freshman in college and a senior in high school. It was a lot of work learning to navigate the college process. I just saw your guide for the first time and am so impressed. I will share it with parents who are new to the process. It is an amazing resource.” 

Sandy Leech, Assistant Superintendent for the Hollister R-V School District in Hollister, Mo., stated, “Based on what I’ve seen so far, this is going to be an excellent resource for our high school counseling department.”

Fair Opportunity Project believes in human potential and opportunity. Inability to access outside resources should not influence the quality or amount of college application information a student receives. 

The guide can be accessed at