our approach & impact

our vision

We envision a future in which a student’s socioeconomic background is not a barrier to attaining a college degree.  We are aimed toward a future in which resilience and academic ability — which our students have in abundance — are the only factors determining college success.

For us, Success is defined not only by graduation, but by a successful transition to a fruitful and fulfilling career path.

Coaching. Curriculum. Small-Dollar Support.

our approach

College degrees can help individuals and communities achieve financial security, better health, and greater civic engagement. But Louisiana’s college completion rates lag far behind the national average, and are highly unequal.

In Louisiana, white students are almost 50% more likely to complete college than students of color, and more affluent students are 25% more likely to complete than low-income students.

College Beyond addresses this challenge by building underserved students’ social, cultural, and economic capital through holistic success coaching and small-dollar financial support.

We help our students experience and excel in college like their more affluent peers.

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We create college insiders by walking with students to and through college.
Here’s what we do.

Student support for completing pre-college checklists and financial aid forms for successful enrollment.

Personalized and student-driven coaching on academics, social-emotional development, and finances

Financial support for essentials like food, books, and transportation

Curriculum to build students' social and cultural capital in preparation for the transition to career

Collaboration with students, families, and partner institutions

what it takes

our impact

98%

Of students utilizing
micro-grant support

523

Books, book rentals
and book codes

$1,009,785

in federal financial
aid grant dollars
College Beyond helped
students access

298

Gas cards

1,440

Bus rides

1,246

Coaching meetings

29,393

Text messages

3,890

Meals

who we serve

99%

Pell Grant recipients

84%

Students of Color

latest impact report

College beyond's
4-year graduation rate is:

1.8x U.s. pell student 4-yr
graduation rate

1.6x la. pell student 4-yr
graduation rate