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.
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.
90% of Dreamers complete high school, compared to 74% of low-income students nationally.
Dreamers are over 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
“To me, to be a Dreamer means to have the biggest dreams that you can ever think of, and bringing those alive by any means necessary, no matter what comes your way.”
-Jazmyn, 11th grade Dreamer