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10,000 Degrees

10,000 Degrees utilizes a 14-year student engagement model aimed at low-income youth that combines renewable scholarships and financial aid management with an intensive evidence-based curriculum of coaching and support that doesn’t just get students into college — it gets them through. The 10,000 Degrees approach is based on widespread research that identifies academic rigor, high expectations, relevant information and guidance about college preparation along with persistence and affordability as critical components to college completion.


Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Knowledge of post-high school education options
  • Knowledge of how to apply for financial aid and pay for college
  • Preparedness for college social life
  • Preparedness for college entrance exams
  • Preparedness to complete high school

Long Term Outcomes

  • Increased graduation
  • Decreased unmet financial need, loan burden and financial debt

Target Population


  • Youth, Kindergarten - 12th grade
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)


Service Area

  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)