Actively working to prevent low-income and first-generation students from dropping out is key to getting them to and through college. Our program helps students gain the requisite tools to face the barriers to obtaining a college degree, which subsequently impacts their career trajectory and economic mobility.

21% of low-income, first-generation college students earn a college degree within 6 years of enrolling in school.

Source: 2019 Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: Historical Trend Report



“In my first semester, I finished with a 1.9 GPA. Some family and friends suggested I take a semester off and hinted at the idea that college may not be for me.

My CPE mentor helped me devise a plan that kept me in school and focused on making it to the finish line.”

– Nate, CPE college student

Students receive support from CPE and their mentor as they navigate through the college experience.

  • College transition preparation
  • College major exploration
  • Academic and financial guidance
  • Campus resource navigation



“CPE’s emergency funds helped me be the best student I can be. My finance professor required a financial calculator, and I was able to get it funded through CPE. Having it with me in class has kept me on track and successful.”

– Stephanie Garcia, CPE College Student