The Need for SMART

Only 9% of low-income students graduate with a bachelor’s degree (compared to 77% of their more affluent peers).


This matters because half of all San Francisco students are low income, and a college degree is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty.


Research studies show that on average, Americans with bachelor’s degrees (and without graduate degrees) receive the following benefits in comparison to high school graduates never attending college:

  • Lifetime earnings are, conservatively, 114% greater.

  • The incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower.

  • The probability of being employed is 24% higher.

  • Life expectancy is seven years longer.

  • By 2020, 65% of all new and existing jobs will require postsecondary education.

Know a student or family who could benefit from SMART? Learn more about applying/nominating.


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