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Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)

Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)

Don’t miss out on a great way for your business to invest in a proven way to help more Philadelphia students get to college. Invest your Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) credits with College Possible Philadelphia, an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) for 2019!

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College Possible Philadelphia makes college access and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Since 2014, College Possible has been delivering college access and success programming to students in and around Philadelphia and has, to date, served 959 high school and college students on their journeys to a four-year degree.

“Applying to college is overwhelming, especially for high school students doing it on their own. College Possible was my support and my backbone. I had both of my coaches encouraging me all the way, telling me ‘You can do this.’ They were so supportive, they made sure everything was done and that I was completely set to go. I would not have known where to start without College Possible.”

— Chama Imani, George Washington High School, Now a student at Cabrini University

Philadelphia’s Focus and Need in 2019

By investing EITC credits with College Possible Philadelphia, an approved EITC Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) for 2019, you can help support our college access and success programming in the City of Philadelphia. College Possible Philadelphia will allocate your 2019 EITC tax credits to deliver its evidence-based programming to approximately 200 junior and senior students at four high schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP):

  • George Washington High School
  • Jules E. Mastbaum AVT High School
  • Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
  • Parkway Center City Middle College

The City of Philadelphia faces a college completion crisis – only 25 percent of School District of Philadelphia students earn a college degree by age 24—and this will become worse, since most Pennsylvania jobs (63 percent) will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. College Possible helps to close this divide for students from low-income backgrounds, paving the way for a more qualified workforce and providing our students with a way to break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

College Possible’s Value

Results and a data-driven focus on programming has distinguished College Possible from other college access and success organizations in the region. Highlights include:

  • College Possible’s model of using AmeriCorps service members as the relatable “near-peer” coaches means it is a cost-effective and highly scalable solution that operates at one-fifth the cost of similar federally-funded programs.
  • A 2013 Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) by Harvard University’s Kennedy School found that College Possible has significant positive effect on four-year college enrollment for students from low-income backgrounds.
  • College Possible is focused on persistence, working with students until they receive their four-year degree. Fifty-two percent of College Possible students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. However, only 32 percent of low-income students earn a degree in this time frame versus the national rate of 55 percent.
  • Recognized by the Center of High Impact Philanthropy as an organization helping students to and through college.

About Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) provides Pennsylvania companies with a tax credit up to 75 percent for a one year commitment and 90 percent for a two-year commitment for contributing to non-profit educational organizations (EIO). College Possible Philadelphia is registered as an EIO until December 31, 2019.

Donate your EITC credits to help more Philadelphia students work toward their goal of a college degree. Contact Alison Foster, Development Director, at 215-309-7311 or at AFoster@collegepossible.org to learn more!

 

 

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