Bottom Line helps disadvantaged students get in to college and graduate from college by providing support from application to graduation.
I was inspired to raise money for Bottom Line after learning about the amazing success they have had meeting the needs of disadvantaged, first-generation students. Bottom Line recognizes that getting in to college does not guarantee success. Only 36% of Boston students who start college are finishing. Students receiving Bottom Line's services graduate at twice that rate--74% from public 4-year colleges and 81% from private 4-year colleges. Bottom Line provides guidance and support that helps motivated low-income, first-generation students get in to college, graduate from college and go far in life. Today, 9 out of 10 new jobs require a college degree, but 3 out of 4 urban, minority students who begin college won't finish. Bottom Line is meeting the needs of these students by supporting them with the academic, financial, and emotional challenges that they face once in college. As a first-generation college graduate myself, I understand how overwhelming the college experience and process can be for both the student and his or her parents.