Study results released by The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania have been all over the news today. The study paints an increasingly bleak picture regarding college graduation rates for students from low-income verse higher income families.
The study reports that, “the percentage of students from the lowest-income families — those making $34,160 a year or less — earning a bachelor’s degree has inched up just 3 points since 1970, rising from 6 to 9 percent by 2013.” Meanwhile, college completion for students from the wealthiest families has risen from 44 to 77 percent.
But this doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Students who have participated in Farther Foundation programs come from families with an average annual income of about $30,000, and yet our students have a college persistence rate of 94 percent. College persistence means that they have either graduated college or remain on track to do so. See our annual report for more details about our program and our students.
Farther Foundation students participate in unique education travel programs during high school that provide them with the motivation, experience and confidence to set their sights high and gain admission to the best colleges possible. Data shows that college graduation rates increase along with the selectivity of the college. See the report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Farther Foundation students are demonstrating that there does not need to be a gap between rich and poor. What all students need to excel are the proper opportunities and resources so that they can reach their highest potential.
Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.