The Power of Connecting Children's Savings Accounts and College Access-Success Programs

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the power of connecting CSAs to college access-success programs and show that, when done together, they produce greater outcomes. First, we briefly describe these closely related fields and explain the merit of partnerships between CSA initiatives and college access and success programs. The report will then illuminate the value of collaboration between these fields via four case studies highlighting organizations that have already successfully integrated a CSA program with college access services. Finally, the report concludes with two sets of recommendations:

  • For CSA programs—How to connect with providers in the college access-success field and suggestions for incorporating research-based, college access milestones into existing or planned savings incentives.
  • For college access-success organizations—How to find CSA partners and, when none are available, a simple process for creating a basic CSA model.
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