What We’ve Accomplished

By helping students from low-income backgrounds become the first in their families to graduate from college, we have started an unstoppable, growing movement for change: the I AM ONE DEGREE movement.

They will continue to change the world through their example and their leadership.

Measuring Our Success

Unparalleled College Completion

Low Income
National Average
From Affluent Families
10,000 Degrees Alumni

Sources: 2011 Pell Institute Fact Sheet*; Postsecondary Education Opportunity, Mortenson, 2010

How do we achieve such results?

A high-touch, individualized college counseling & financial aid advising program for our students begins early in high school and follows them through college graduation.

Our Efficiency

Greater Community Impact Through Alumni


Our alumni return to work with 10,000 Degrees® in postgraduate fellowships, volunteer positions, and as full-time staff. Their experiences raise hopes and lend credibility within their communities in ways that outsiders cannot.

More Funding for Students

We award $2.8 million in scholarships annually to low-income, first generation students who would never otherwise be able to consider going to college. We also help them find additional non-loan aid from a variety of sources.

$2.8 million

Awarded by 10,000 Degrees&#174


$18 million

Total free financial aid found/awarded to 10,000 Degrees&#174 students



Average package of non-loan aid per 10,000 Degrees&#174 student

That reduces the amount our students need to borrow. Despite being from the lowest income bracket, here’s how their average loans per year stack up:

Average amount of loans taken out per year

10,000 Degree Students