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We help prepare Chicago students for a future of growth and opportunity

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About College Possible Chicago

We believe a college degree is the surest pathway to economic mobility and community vitality, and that a stronger Chicago is fueled by expanding access to equitable college opportunity.

Founded in 2015, College Possible Chicago has grown to support 1,8001 students from under-represented communities on their path to earning a college degree. Our work helps close Chicago’s college opportunity gap: a reported 75% of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) freshmen aspire to go to college but only 21% are projected to earn their bachelor’s degree within six years of graduating high school.2 This translates to over 20,000 CPS students each year who will not earn their bachelor’s degree, creating an opportunity gap in a system where 77% of students come from an economically disadvantaged background.3

College access and success programs offered in Chicago

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Our primary, site-based college access and success program. Eligible students receive at least six years of near-peer coaching support to navigate and overcome the most common barriers to getting into and through college. Learn more

Partner schools

Thanks to our partnership with the Chicago Public Schools district, we’re currently serving eligible students in the following schools. Explore your student’s eligibility or apply

Our impact

Watch our video to explore our impact with Chicago students:

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College Access Coach Missy helps students explore their options

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Contact us or get involved


College Possible Chicago
833 N. Orleans St., Ste. 400
Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: 312-638-3501



Your financial support helps us continue to expand our coaching and support at no cost to enrolled students or their families. Make a donation now



If you are an eligible student who dreams of earning a college degree and would like free support to find your best-fit colleges, submit applications, and finance your education, apply to College Possible Chicago using our simple application process. Learn more or apply now



Our strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations help us expand our reach and the breadth of support we provide to students nationwide. To explore partnership opportunities, contact our program team at



If you are a current college student or recent grad interested in making a meaningful difference in the lives of youth, consider committing to a year of service as an AmeriCorps college coach. Learn more about this life-changing service year

1 – Fiscal year 2023.
2 – UChicago Consortium on School Research, 2021. “The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2020.”
3 – Illinois Report Card, 2020–2021. 299025

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