The Need

51% of students in U.S.
public schools—that’s 
25 million—are low-income.
Only 9% of low-income
students earn a Bachelor’s 
degree—compared to 77% 
of their high-income peers.
While the college graduation rate for high income students has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, the graduation rate for low income students has stagnated.

Our Dreamers

Most Dreamers are
the first in their families to 
graduate college—77% do
not have a parent or guardian
with a 4 year degree.
We have served nearly 
18,000 Dreamers since 
1981.
The majority of 
Dreamers come from
low-income families,
with 91% qualifying for 
free or reduced lunch.

The Impact

90% of Dreamers 
complete high school,
 compared to 74% of 
low-income students 
nationally.
Dreamers are 3x more 
likely to earn a bachelor’s 
degree than their 
low-income peers.
College graduates
earn, on average, 
an additional $1 Million 
in lifetime earnings.

Don’t just take our word for it…hear it from Dreamers!

  • "Being a Dreamer means to me that I have a freedom to pursue my own goals and reach beyond college, and have a successful career afterwards."

    -Beau, College Dreamer

  • "Being a Dreamer allows me to help people be the best they can be. It also helps me become a bigger person myself."

    -Fernanda, 11th grade Dreamer

Dreamers have graduated from over 1,000 
higher learning institutions.