College Preparation & Completion

The persistent educational gap affecting underserved students in the U.S. means that many students never get a chance to earn a college degree. A college degree can be a springboard in life. It can lift people out of poverty, increase the odds of landing better jobs, increase lifetime earnings, and lead to better health over the course of one’s life.

The right assistance at the right time can help students get into college and graduate. Our goal is to increase support for these students to get 50 percent more of them to and through college to unlock the lifetime opportunity a degree enables.  To that end, we support organizations across the United States that work to increase the numbers of low-income students who are ready for, enrolling in, and finishing college with a bachelor’s degree.

OUR APPROACH

Our goal is to empower more low-income students to succeed in higher education by supporting effective providers that help them prepare for and complete college at rates far beyond national averages.

We focus on complementary programs that will lead to meaningful results for students including:

  • Non-Cognitive Skills: Providing students with the support and social and emotional skills needed to complete rigorous academic curricula and manage challenges in college.
  • Financial Aid Access and College Affordability: Reducing financial barriers to college entry and completion while also increasing financial literacy and college affordability knowledge.
  • Social Supports: Providing the supports (e.g. coaching, mentoring, and advising) that enable students to enter, persist through, and graduate from a four-year college

Ultimately, we are focused on more low-income students enrolling and graduating from college.