Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Financial Aid Student Stories

Every year, 2 million eligible students find the financial aid process too daunting to even apply. Watch four students share their stories – highlighting common barriers and demonstrating the need to fix FAFSA.


The What and How of Scale

Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success, discusses the foundation’s focus on scaling successful solutions to achieve better outcomes for more of today’s college students.

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Giving Voice to College Students

“Giving Voice to College Students” explores the reality of being a college student in 2018.  Three students—Jennifer Alberti, Monique Gatling, and Joshua Stuart—candidly recount their experiences getting into and succeeding in college.

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Patrick Methvin to Lead Postsecondary Success

Allan C. Golston, president of the foundation’s United States Program, announces that Patrick Methvin will lead the Postsecondary Success strategy. Patrick brings deep knowledge of higher education innovation to the role, as well as passion for harnessing that innovation to benefit more of today’s college students.

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Areas of Focus



See the latest videos, speeches, and blog posts from the field so we can work together to ensure higher education is a bridge–not a barrier–to opportunity. View All Posts


For Students, The Right Advice Can Make All the Difference

By Allan Golston Graduation Day is a day full of stories – stories about the challenges, the victories, the setbacks, and the support that students experience on their journey to a diploma. One common thread across these stories: good advice can make all the difference. Colleges and universities that are figuring this out are making […]

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