Why College Success?
9 out of every 10 new jobs require a college degree.
A post-secondary degree enables an individual to compete in a competitive job market. Particularly in the current economy, a college education is essential to gaining financial autonomy and living a happy, healthy life. Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school diploma and a bachelor's degree can reach as high as $800,000.
Only 49% of low-income students go to college immediately after high school.
In comparison, 79% of high-income students go directly to college. With the college application and financial aid processes becoming increasingly complex and college tuition constantly rising, getting in to college seems daunting. For low-income and first-generation students who have fewer resources within their schools and families, getting in to college can appear impossible.
Nationally, only 56% of students who enter college intending to earn a bachelor's degree graduate within six years.
There are many financial, academic, and personal reasons why a student may fail to finish college. Many of these reasons can be addressed and overcome with guidance and mentoring. Even though many students are dropping out of college for lack of support, this issue has gone unaddressed for too long and is just now gaining the attention it deserves.
By age 24, 73% of students from the top income quartile earn a college degree. Less than 8% of students from low-income families reach the same pinnacle.
Students from low-income households or the first generation of their family to attend college face additional barriers on the path to a college degree. Students from these backgrounds are more likely to
- work at least part-time to help support their families
- care for siblings and family members
- be academically unprepared for college coursework
- face financial barriers while they apply to and attend college
- have fewer resources to rely on for financial and emotional support
By receiving Bottom Line's 1-on-1 support during college, a student's chances of graduating within 6 years increase by up to 43%.
All students need a knowledgeable mentor. Unfortunately, for low-income and first-generation students, they can be harder to come by. Bottom Line has helped thousands of students reach their full potential by providing them with the consistent guidance they need during their journeys to and through college. Learn more about how Bottom Line helps students persist to a degree>>>