Although student success coaching is the cornerstone of College Beyond, our students need a multitude of resources to be successful in college. Thanks to the generous funding from the Boulder Fund in 2017, College Beyond had the opportunity to test the impact of financial incentives on college persistence beginning in the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. Ever since then, we have been providing our students with help with books, monthly bus passes, and gas cards.
In 2017, we saw an immediate increase in student engagement and success with the added incentives and have integrated this intervention into our work.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we started incorporating grocery store cards into our monthly incentives program, to address the issue of food insecurity among our students. Further, when a financial need arises, our college success coach facilitate access to our emergency assistance fund and
helps students plan for similar expenses in the future.
Incentives are especially important now, because of the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought our students. We are grateful to be able to provide such a crucial resource that will make getting through college a bit easier.