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Completion & Success

Publication date: Oct 14, 2014

Obtaining a college degree has never been more important, but too few students who begin college make it to graduation. Only six in 10 who enroll in a four-year college finish within six years, and rates at community and for-profit colleges are much lower. The odds are even worse for low-income students and students of color.

African Americans are two times less likely and Latinos 2.5 times less likely than white young adults to have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, students from the lowest income families (11 percent) are seven times less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24 than their peers from the highest income families (79 percent).

That’s why we focus on improving postsecondary results for students, particularly those from low-income families and families of color, by:

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