Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

August 25, 2017

The Money—and Research—Behind a New Network to Boost College Completion

Streams of philanthropic dollars have long gone to expand college access for low-income students and kids of color. In recent years, though, a growing slew of funders have realized that having access to college—and the ability to pay for it—is only part of the challenge; finishing college can be equally daunting for students who are often the first in their families to get a post-secondary education. Too many of these students leave campus with no degree. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the six-year college graduation rate from four-year universities has hovered around 59 percent for the last several years.

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