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Root Causes of Students Stopping Out of College

Many postsecondary access and success programs successfully support students to enroll in a degree or credential program after high school, but completion rates of students from low-income communities still lag far behind their peers from high-income areas. To understand why, OneGoal designed and executed a year-long qualitative study to identify the root causes behind our students withdrawing from their postsecondary pathway, otherwise known as “stopping out.”