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Why Postsecondary Attainment Matters

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Given the enormous social and economic benefits associated with completing a credential or degree beyond high school, the Partnership is dedicated to increasing postsecondary participation and completion rates in Dallas County – particularly among low-income and first generation college-going students of all ages.

The average earnings of college graduates are twice that of workers with only a high school diploma and unemployment rates are notably less. Additionally, of the 30 fastest growing occupations, more than 50% require a postsecondary education.

Dallas County Snapshot: Postsecondary Attainment

34%

of Dallas County adults hold a 2-year or 4-year degree, well below the 60% goal for our region by 2025.

55%

of students that enroll in a postsecondary education complete a 2- or 4-year degree within six years

61%

of area high school seniors currently enroll in a postsecondary institution following high school

41%

of Dallas County seniors completed a federal financial aid application, necessary to receive any financial aid

Learn What We’re Doing About It

In close collaboration with other districts, community leaders, volunteers and local businesses, the Partnership is working in the following areas around increasing postsecondary attainment: increasing financial aid access, supporting students through the enrollment process, strengthening dual-credit programs, and expanding financial literacy education.