What if every person who didn’t finish college had the resources

to come back and earn a degree?

Why It Matters!

45 Million

There are 45 million individuals in the United States with some college credit but no degree. We call them the Comebackers. Many stopped out because of a mismatch with the college or university they started attending, difficulties balancing family and life issues with school, finances or debt. Now, they are barred from many jobs with good pay that require a college credential, their children have no role models for college completion at home, and they may still carry the stigma of failure.

Community by community and state by state, The Graduate! Network is catalyzing a growing national movement to increase college completion among adults

Partners & Affiliates

Communities, States, Programs & Institutions that have engaged with us to advance their work in support of educational access, equity, and completion for Comebackers (highlighted in orange). States and locations highlighted in purple are partners and affiliates that currently provide institution-agnostic navigating services for Comebackers.

Our Vision:

Every adult who aspires to earn a college degree has access to the resources and supports they need to start and complete their degree.

Our Mission:

We believe everyone should have an equitable chance to achieve the education and career they desire.  The Graduate! Network collaborates with a range of stakeholders to build, nurture, and assess structures and systems that support adults to attend and complete their college degrees.

Our Approach:

The Graduate! Network works with civic leadership; partners in higher education, economic and community development, the corporate community, organized labor, and workforce development; and Comebackers toward a future where there are established and sustainable services in every community that support all adults to and through college.

Funding for our programs is provided by: