More low-income students than ever are enrolling in college, yet only 12% of low-income students will earn a college degree. The roadblocks to college completion include the skyrocketing cost of college and the decrease in financial aid, in addition to the lack of academic, social, emotional and cultural support. About 25 years ago, Wallin Education Partners in Minneapolis began providing comprehensive support to ensure college completion for low-income, high-potential students. Today, they celebrate a 93% success rate of scholars earning their college degrees within six years. Wallin also has a 95% career placement rate, a more than 80% regional retention rate, and 39% of students graduate with no debt.
Based on Wallin’s proven model, All-In Milwaukee is a coordinated collaboration of students, families, pathway partners, universities, advisors, and donor partners committed to providing comprehensive support including maximized financial aid, customized advising, and career readiness to ensure low-income students complete college and matriculate into the Milwaukee workforce. Student by student, we will develop the future pipeline of talent to improve the Greater Milwaukee Area.