This study explored whether low income minority students at a predominantly White institution felt socially, financially, and academically prepared for college. A review of the literature revealed that the supports necessary for low income minority students to ensure a positive transition to college are their family members, staff members at their high school, mentors, and college preparation programs. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted through interviewing eight participants who fit this study’s definition of a low income minority. The findings from this study revealed that family members, mentors, staff members at their high school, and college preparation programs were supports for most of the participants. There were also underlying themes of culture shock and struggling to adjust academically, socially, and financially. Implications of this research indicated that high schools and colleges with low income minority students should have more resources and support systems in place to assist them during their transition from high school to college.
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