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Alumni Survey Results

The promise of the College Possible model is that we can help students from low-income backgrounds break free from the grips of multigenerational poverty to lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives. A recent survey indicates that we are delivering on our promise.

 

KEY FINDING #1:
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

“[College Possible] helped me break the cycle of poverty by supporting me while I got my degree.”

 

KEY FINDING #2:
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.

“Before College Possible, I assumed I was too poor and not smart enough to attend college. I knew nothing about applications, financial aid, ACTs, etc. College Possible gave me the knowledge and preparation to do something that I thought was inaccessible. Now I’m working at one of the most successful tech companies in the world.”

 

KEY FINDING #3:
Our graduates believe their children will be able to go to college and more than half have begun saving for it.

Ninety-seven percent 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.

“College Possible got me ready and prepared to go to college and because of this knowledge, I feel more equipped to help my own children attend college in the future.”

 

KEY FINDING #4:
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. Eighty-seven percent of respondents reported voting in the 2016 presidential election, notably higher than the 51% estimated turn-out rate of eligible millennial voters in that election.

Seventy percent of respondents contributed monetarily to a charity or philanthropy, almost half of those who donated gave more than $100 and 6% reported gifts greater than $1,000. Sixty-two percent reported volunteering in the past year, compared to the 39% estimated rate of volunteerism for college-educated adults in the U.S.

 

KEY FINDING #5
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. Over a third reported a debt load of $10,000 or less, and on average, respondents left college with less debt than their non-College Possible peers: five-year graduates’ debt was only 81% that of their peers, and ten-year graduates’ debt was only 69% that of their peers.

“Thanks to College Possible, I was able to navigate the whole college process successfully, apply to different scholarships and graduate from college debt-free.”

 

KEY FINDING #6
More than one in four have earned an advanced degree.

Twenty-nine percent had either a master’s degree or doctorate, and that figure jumps to 50% when 10-year graduates are considered separately.

“The program has given me the ability to think far beyond undergrad. I have accomplished my masters and hopefully in the next two to three years, will be able to move onto my doctorate of nursing practice.”

 

KEY FINDING #7
Graduates found College Possible helpful in setting them on the path to college.

Eighty-six percent of respondents found College Possible “very” or “extremely” helpful in navigating the college application and enrollment process.

“College Possible was always there for me when I needed direction. I honestly don’t know if I would have had the tools and knowledge to access higher education without the assistance of my coach and College Possible. I’m now working on my doctorate degree … this was an impossible dream made possible.”

 

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