20+ Years and More Than 350,000 Served
PeerForward began more than 20 years ago as College Summit, pioneering a peer-to-peer approach to higher education attainment. We’ve learned how to activate youth to effectively leverage the influence students have on one another to increase college-going. Since our beginning as College Summit to our work as PeerForward today, we’ve guided more than 350,000 students from low-income high schools on the path to higher education.
PeerForward Measures What’s Meaningful
We measure leading indicators to eventual postsecondary enrollment and success, including the percentage of students applying for financial aid. In 2016-17, University of Pittsburgh researchers found PeerForward schools had a 26% higher rate of financial aid completion than similar schools, unlocking $13M in additional aid. Our student-led interventions have boosted college enrollment rates at partner high schools by 20% on average, and our students have stayed in college at the same rate as students from all economic backgrounds.