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Post-High School Education & Training is Critical to Economic Opportunity

Post-secondary education and training has become the new gateway to the middle class and one of the most important economic issues of our time. Goal 2025 is vital to maintain a good quality of life for Americans and to ensure the long-term stability and security of our society.

  • Did you know? High-achieving lower-income students are less likely to graduate from college than their higher-income counterparts.
  • 90% Ninety-percent of the fastest growing careers require post-secondary training or education.
  • 1M More than 1 million students fail to graduate from high school each year.
  • 2.2% The jobless rate for college graduates is 2.2% vs. 5.4% for those with only a high school education.
  • 800,000 The US needs 800,000 more college graduates each year to compete with top-performing nations.

The Goal:

To increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Did you know? That despite drastic economic and social changes over the past 40 years, the percentage of the American population with a post-secondary credential or degree has remained flat. The United States needs 64 million additional college degrees to match other leading nations in degree attainment.

ICAN is a proud partner of the Goal 2025 initiative as set forth by the Lumina Foundation for Education. Learn more about Goal 2025.

In Iowa:

ICAN has a presence in 99 percent of Iowa high schools, working with more than 375 schools throughout the state.


ICAN has nearly 150 years of combined experience in financial aid and college planning.

2018-2019 Fiscal Year

  • 621,909 customers served
  • 5,232in-office advising appointments
  • 6,124FAFSA's completed
  • 858 school-based presentations given
  • 62 training events, curriculum lessons, fairs, and exhibits given
  • 15,180 toll-free phone calls received
  • 427,058 resource and newsletter subscriptions
  • 163,851 website visitors

Who Does ICAN Serve?

ICAN assists all Iowa students, including low-income and first-generation college-bound students whom statistics show are most at risk of not attending college. One in three of America's low-income youth can expect to enroll in college. Only one in seven will earn a bachelor's degree.

  • 21% of the customers ICAN serves identify themselves as belonging to races other than Caucasian compared 9.43% of the population in Iowa.
  • More than 30% of families make less than $50,000 per year.
  • 45% are first-generation college students who have no family members to guide them through the planning and financing process.

Program Impact Stats

  • 99% of attendees indicated that attending an ICAN College Planning or financial Aid Presentation better prepared them for the college process.
  • 99% of program attendees agree that ICAN experts are knowledgeable in subject matters presented.
  • 97% of program attendees agree that the topics presented are important and the resource materials distributed are useful.
  • 99% of attendees indicated that ICAN center appointments met their expectations.
  • 99% indicated the advisor was knowledgeable and answered all their questions during the ICAN appointment.
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