Single Stop USA will use a $1.1 million Social Innovation Fund grant, channeled through New Profit, to help more low-income community college students overcome financial barriers to stay in school.
Nearly half of community college students drop out every year, yet $65 billion in government aid goes unclaimed, says Single Stop’s CEO Elisabeth Mason. Single Stop helps students get the benefits and services they need. Now operating in New York, New Jersey, California, New Mexico and Florida, the nonprofit hopes to expand to new states.
Single Stop participants in New Jersey have only a 36 percent dropout rate, compared to a 62 percent and 52 percent dropout rate for other part-time and full-time students at the same school, the group reports.