Over 20 years of national, evidence-based student impact
As one of the largest college access and success organizations in the country, our evidence-based programs have earned national credibility. Compared with their peers from similar backgrounds, College Possible students are consistently achieving meaningful gains in college access, persistence and degree completion.
College Possible students are:
more likely to go to college immediately after high school*
more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree*
*Compared to their peers from similar backgrounds.
Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report: Persist
While national college persistence rates dropped to a historic lows in the 2020-2021 school year, students enrolled in College Possible programs continued to persist, defying these national trends. Click through to see our results across key college access and success metrics:
Our graduates’ success speaks volumes
Key results of our 2019 College Possible alumni survey:
Our grads are out of poverty
Five-year grads reported a median individual income of $40,000-$59,000 and over a third of 10-year grads have family incomes of $100,000 or more, compared to the average family income of less than $28,000 among program participants.
Our grads are financially secure
Our graduates have a 98% employment rate, 94% have health insurance and 83% are saving for retirement.
Our grads are optimistic about their children’s college pathway
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 grads are giving back to their communities
Not only are our graduates thriving individually, they are politically engaged and give back to their communities via high rates of civic and philanthropic engagement.
Our grads carry less college debt burden
All of our students rely on financial assistance to pay for college, but nearly one in five respondents graduated from college debt-free.
Nearly a third of our grads have an advanced degree
29% of our graduates had either a master’s degree or doctorate, and that figure jumps to 50% when 10-year graduates are considered separately.
Our grads valued their College Possible experience
86% of respondents found College Possible “very” or “extremely” helpful in navigating the college application and enrollment process.
Third party evaluations prove our impact
WISCONSIN HOPE LAB EVALUATION
At College Possible we push for the continuous improvement of our programming on behalf of our students. In June 2018, the impact of our model was proven in a rigorous three-year study conducted by the Wisconsin Hope Lab.
*The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States. p 121. 2019. http://pellinstitute.org/indicators/reports_2019.shtml.