Expand College Access

Across Arizona, too many students are missing out on the opportunity to go to college and earn a degree or certificate that will be central to their future success.

High schoolers, especially low-income and first-generation students, face numerous obstacles that prevent them from accessing higher education.

To ensure that more high school graduates in Arizona are prepared, know how, and are financially able to go to college, we coordinate College Knowing & Going, an important initiative funded by Helios Education Foundation.

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In 2015, just 53 percent of Arizona high school graduates enrolled at an institution of higher education.

Only 26 percent graduate from college on time.

Explore common measures that guide our efforts to increase attainment

Keep Students in College

Staying on track, both academically and financially, is essential to college success.

When students fall behind academically, or if they struggle financially, they are at greater risk of leaving college before they complete their course of study.

Financial need is one of the most common reasons students leave college before they graduate.

Students benefit from support programs and services that help them navigate obstacles to college success.

Mentoring and advisory services and financial support programs empower students with the knowledge and resources they need to stay in college.

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Increase Attainment Rates

A college certificate or degree is a powerful driver of opportunity for Arizonans, and an educated population is central to the economic well-being of our state.

By 2020, 68 percent of all jobs in Arizona will require at least some form of education beyond high school.

Too many people in our state do not have a degree from an institution of higher education.

Only 42 percent of adults in Arizona hold a high-value certificate, associates degree or higher.

By increasing college completion rates in Arizona, we can spur individual and statewide economic growth.

See how increased graduation rates drive economic growth