Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Federal and state policies affect who colleges and universities serve and how they serve them. For example, up to two million low-income students don’t apply for federal aid every year because the process for applying is too complicated. Many state aid programs leave out part-time and adult students. And federal and state data leave out students whose outcomes matter.

Our policy focus is on finance and data/accountability (money and measures) – how public funds are spent to help today’s college students (low-income and first-generation students, students, of color, and working adults), and how colleges and universities are measuring and being held accountable for their progress and success.

Learn more by reading our latest  Postsecondary Success Advocacy Priorities white paper.

Data and Information 
Data and Information

What if students were able to choose their colleges and their degree or certificate programs based on good information about cost, quality, and opportunities for employment and career development after graduation?
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Financial Aid 
Finance/Financial Aid

Helping more students get to and through college. Research shows that when financial barriers are removed for high achieving low-income students, they succeed at the same or higher rates than their peers. As a result, we are focusing on simplifying the aid process, which serves as a barrier to millions of low-income students, and on providing incentives in institutional, state, and federal aid programs for students to persist in and finish their programs.
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