Closing the degree divide.
We believe college success should be determined by individual effort, not by household income or background. Studies have shown that a four-year college degree is the surest path out of poverty: College graduates are 24% more likely to be employed and 3.5 times less likely to rely on public assistance.
Low-income students who enrolled and graduated with a bachelor’s degree
High-income students who enrolled and graduated with a bachelor’s degree
of low-income households have bachelor’s degrees
College graduates on average earn
more in their lifetimes
More college educated adults leads to increased wages for workers of all education levels in a community
Our graduates are out of poverty.
Five-year grads reported a median individual income of $40-59,999 and over a third of 10-year grads have family incomes of $100,000 or more. These figures are particularly impressive when compared to the fact that our high school program participants report an average annual family income of less than $28,000.
Our graduates are employed, have health insurance and are saving for retirement.
Our graduates have a 98% employment rate, 94% have health insurance and 83% are saving for retirement.
Our graduates believe their children will be able to go to college and more than half have begun saving for it.
97% of survey respondents who have children found it “likely” or “very likely” that their children will be able to attend college and 53% have begun saving for their children’s college education.
Our graduates have high rates of civic and philanthropic engagement.
Not only are our graduates thriving individually, they are politically engaged and give back to their communities.
Our graduates are not buried in undergraduate debt.
All of our students rely on financial assistance to pay for college, but nearly one in five respondents graduated from college debt-free.
More than one in four have earned an advanced degree.
29% had either a master’s degree or doctorate, and that figure jumps to 50% when 10-year graduates are considered separately.