More Americans are going to college than ever before, but only 58% of four-year students graduate within six years. The rest — who are disproportionately low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color— will not finish a degree; they’ll stop out. Stopping out has significant implications for lifelong earning power. Student debt accumulation exacerbates the earning loss; students who stop out typically face the worst of all worlds, debt without a credential to help them earn their way out. Because of the additional barriers they face in returning and graduating, stopout students require support that looks fundamentally different from the traditional student.
This report presents findings from an eighteen-month collaboration between ReUp Education and the City University of New York (CUNY) to refine, develop, and test affordable technology-based innovations to help stopouts re-enroll and graduate. This work was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.