May is a special month for College Success Arizona as 40 of our scholarship, and mentoring, students are graduating from colleges and universities around the state. The students are graduating from the Art Institute of Phoenix, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
Recently, I spoke with Joanna Allhands, the digital editor at the Arizona Republic, about the sad state of need-based financial aid available for Arizona students, the massive economic upside produced by increasing attainment rates, and how our low-income students are paying (or not paying) for college today.
Now more than ever, increasing college attainment is a major priority for Arizona. Recently, more than 60 organizations from business, philanthropic, and education communities united to set the first ever state attainment goal—60% by 2030. This coalition, Achieve60AZ, was highlighted in Gov. Ducey’s State of the State address as an initiative he plans to support in 2017.