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.
Dreamers have consistent and long-term relationships that support their college and career aspirations and have access to social capital resources such as mentors and potential employers.
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 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!
"'I Have a Dream' and it's staff have been around for me for more than half of my lifetime and have had an integral role in molding me into who I am and who I wish to be."