How It Works

While half of all Americans from high-income families have a bachelor’s degree by age 25, just 1 in 10 from low-income families do. This inequity is growing increasingly harmful for all Americans. In 1990, the USA ranked first in the world in four-year degree attainment among 25-34 year olds. Today, the USA ranks 12th and continues to fall further behind its economic rivals.[1] Increasing College Opportunities for Low-Income Students, the Executive Office of the President,