The Need

51% of students in U.S. public schools—that’s 25 million—live in under-resourced households.

Only 9% of students from under-resourced communities earn a Bachelor’s degree—compared to 77% of their peers from adequately resourced communities.

While the college graduation rate for students in adequately resourced communities has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, the graduation rate for students in under-resourced communities 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 over 20,000 Dreamers since 1981.

The majority of Dreamers come from under-resourced communities, with 94% qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

The Impact

90% of Dreamers complete high school, compared to 74% of students from under-resourced communities nationally.

Dreamers are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their peers in under-resourced communities.

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

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