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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

 
Am I eligible for the Guided Pathway Support Program?
To be eligible for the RBS GPS Program, you must:
  • Be a rising high school junior or senior;
  • Have a strong A-B academic record;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and active involvement at school and/or in the community; and
  • Identify as African-American
                                                     
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for the RBS GPS Program?
No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for the Guided Pathway Support Program


Application & Deadline Requirements
 
What should I submit to complete my application?
To complete the Guided Pathway Support Program application, please submit the following:
  • the online application form;
  • one completed reference letter or form;
  • upload an official or unofficial high school transcript; and
  • complete one brief personal statement (attached to the online application form) 
When is the deadline for the application?
Completed applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018.
 
I cannot submit my reference letter and/or unofficial transcript by the deadline.  Can I turn it in later?
The only applications that will be considered are those that are submitted by August 31, 2018 with each of the required components.  Any applications that do not include each component may not be eligible for review. 
 
Whom should I select to complete my reference form?
The reference form should be completed by a guidance counselor, teacher or other professional who knows the applicant well.

I have accidentally provided the wrong email address!  What should I do?
If you have not received a confirmation email for your login in your inbox, please check your spam folder.  If you are unsure whether you submitted the wrong email, click “Forgot Your Password” on the sign in page.  If the confirmation email does not appear in your inbox or spam folder, you will need to create a new account. 

Application Submission Procedures
 
I would like to submit my completed application by mail. To what address should I send it?
Applications must be submitted online. 
 
Can I fax or email my application?
Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to accept faxed or emailed applications or any part of the application.

When can I expect to be notified after I submit my application?
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Notifications are on a rolling basis as well. Applications are due no later than August 31, 2018. There is no guarantee that applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed. 
 
Selection
 
How many applicants will the Guided Pathway Support Program select?
Students will be selected on a competitive basis.  The Guided Pathway Support Program is not limited to a minimum or maximum number of participants to accept. 

What does the committee look for when selecting students for the Guided Pathway Support Program?
The Guided Pathway Support Program is looking for rising high school juniors and seniors who can demonstrate the following: strong academic accomplishments, leadership roles within his/her community, and a motivation and desire to pursue higher education opportunities

Managing Your Online Account
How do I create a new account?
  1. Go to the GPS home page at rbsgps.com.
  2. Click the green “Apply or Sign in to GPS” button in the top right corner. 
  3. Click “Create a New GPS Account”
  4. On the next page, please provide the requested information and click the “Create Account” button.
  5. You should receive an email that grants access to your new account shortly.
How do I activate my account?
Upon creating an account you should have received an email to the provided email address.  This email will have instructions on how to activate your account.  If you cannot see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.
 
I still have not received an email to activate my account.  What should I do?
If you did not receive your confirmation email in your inbox, check your spam folder.
 
 How do I re-set my password?
  1. Go to the GPS home page at rbsgps.com.
  2. Click the green “Apply or Sign In to GPS” button in the top right corner
  3. On the next page, click “Forgot your password.”
  4. Enter your email address on the next page.
  5. Check your inbox for instructions on recovering your password.
 
By resetting my password will I lose all my work?
No, resetting your password will not delete all of your work.  You will have the same saved information for your application, but your password will just be different.
 
Other Questions
 
What if I have more questions?
If you have any other questions regarding the Guided Pathway Support Program, contact our office at (434) 964-1588 or email gpsprogram@ronbrown.org