10,000 Degrees

California’s leading college success nonprofit, 10,000 Degrees helps students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive personal support, college advising, and financial aid management, over 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31% of their peers nationally. For those who start at community college, our students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at a rate that’s three times the national average.

Powered by our innovative Fellowship Program in support of financial aid workshops, on-campus office hours, cohort-building initiatives, and other outreach events, 10,000 Degrees reached more than 10,000 students and their families in the past year, including more than 2,000 colleges students.With help from over 500 well-trained mentors and volunteers, 10,000 Degrees staff currently serve students in 27 area high schools, 34 community colleges, and over 50 four-year colleges and universities in the North Bay and across the nation.

In each of the last three years, 10,000 Degrees has awarded more than $2.5M in annual scholarships to over 1,400 students. Through financial aid counseling and money management training, 10,000 Degrees students receive on average an additional $16,000 in non-loan aid and, in turn, take on 80% less student loan debt than their peers.

As for the students we support, 100% come from low-income backgrounds, and 85% are the first in their families to go to college. In addition, unlike most other college success organizations, there is no GPA requirement for students applying to 10,000 Degrees programs. As vital members of local communities, 10,000 Degrees college alumni are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer, and earn over $1 million more in their lifetimes.