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College for Every Student (CFES)

Program that Works


CFES is dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between schools and colleges that help underserved youth gain access to and succeed in college. Its approach uses three core practices (mentoring, school-college partnerships, and student leadership programs) to help participants visit college campuses, interact with college students and faculty, and gain exposure to admissions, financial aid, and other aspects of college participation. Most CFES Scholars are first-generation college students.

Target Population

Underserved, low-income youth.


To help underserved youth improve academic performance, graduate from high school, and attend and succeed in college.

Program Highlights

  • CFES convenes business leaders, superintendents, and college leaders around shared goals of increasing college admission for eligible students.
  • Serves over 15,000 students.
  • Over the last three years, 96 percent of CFES high school seniors have attended college.

The Facts

130 rural and urban schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia partnering with 210 colleges and universities at two- and four-year levels
$1,000 supports four CFES Scholars-students from low-income households-for one year.


Higher Education

  • Public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities


  • Numerous business leaders serve on the national task force and the board

Non-Profit / Philanthropy

  • Numerous regional and national non profits


Evidence of Impact

Research suggests that more CFES students aspire to and attend college compared with national samples of their peers.

CFES Assessment of Student Outcomes: This CFES-sponsored study found that program students had significantly higher college aspirations and enrolled in college at higher rates, compared to national sample.

One program-sponsored assessment.
Since its founding in 1991, CFES has worked with more than 100,000 underserved youth in 540 schools nationwide.

Contact Information

College For Every Student
13 Church Street
P.O. Box 247
Essex,  NY  12936
(518) 963-4500

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