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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: Roosevelt High School students and others walk through hallways on Monday June15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Mobility of students in D.C. public schools has become widespread. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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A new online portal is enabling high school students to get started on their college applications when they’re as young as 14 years old.

Starting in January, through the Coalition for College Access — a new group of more than 80 schools — students who are only freshmen in high school can access online tools aimed at making the college admissions process less complex. Sophomores and juniors will also have access.

The goal of the program is to give minority and low-income students a leg up on the often daunting college application process.

“This is a free tool that will be open…

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