Inversant’s Students Persisting In and Completing College at High Rates

by | Feb 16, 2016 | News and Announcements

Only 10 percent of youth coming from low-income families obtain a college degree by the age of 24[1]. Comparatively, individuals from high-income families[2] are 8 times more likely to graduate from college by the same age (77%). What’s more, the income gap in college degree attainment is widening; in the 1970s, high-income youth wereonly 6 times more likely to graduate college than low-income ones.

To reverse this trend, Inversant believes in the power of parental engagement and investment in children’s education. Inversant’s program engages parents with professionally developed workshops delivering college-focused financial education, while it motivates them to save for college by providing savings matches and other incentives. There is growing evidence indicating that saving for children’s education can significantly increase low-income students’ likelihood of obtaining a college degree[3] and our experience at Inversant supports this.

Among Inversant’s students who enrolled in a 4-year college program[4], 71% obtained their degree in only four years[5]. This is much higher than Massachusetts’ four year graduation rate of 40%[6]. In addition, let’s not forget that the income level of the population we serve is fairly modest: 20% have familial income of less than $30,000, 55% have income between $30,000 and $50,000, and only 25% have income above $50,000.

Inversant’s students also have high persistence rates. 90% of our alumni were back for their second year of college. Again, this is much higher than the national average of 68.7%[7] and even higher than the rates for student from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) (66%)[8], which is more representative of the population we serve. In addition, 85% of Inversant’s students returned after their second year, compared to 50% of BPS students.

We are proud of Inversant’s families and their children! Congratulations to them for their hard work saving and preparing for college, and most importantly for persisting in college and getting their degrees!

 

[2] High-income defined as $108,650 and above

[3] http://csd.wustl.edu/publications/documents/wp13-06.pdf

[4]A total of 181 students (whose parents participated to our program) enrolled to 4 year program (from cohort 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014).

[5] We have not enough years to calculate the more commonly used six-year graduate rate since our first cohort started college in 2010.

[6] http://collegecompletion.chronicle.com/state/#state=MA&sector=forprofit_four

[7] http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/about/media_center/press_releases/files/release_2014-07-10.pdf

[8] http://www.bostonfed.org/commdev/c&b/2014/winter/the-success-boston-initiative.htm

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