College Unbound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides a pathway to an accredited bachelor’s degree by partnering with colleges and universities. Their program is designed for adult learners who began degree programs, but left higher education to start families, begin careers, or because they could no longer afford the time and money required to stay in the program. 95% of their students are eligible for Pell grants (less than $23,000 in annual income) and over 70% are from under-represented minority populations.
College Unbound’s curriculum is largely online and completed in an out-of-the-classroom setting; yet many students did not have the necessary access to computers or Internet to complete their coursework.
Through Mobile Beacon’s Connect for Success grant, College Unbound received laptops and modems which they are lending to students. This gave students the tools they needed to participate in College Unbound’s highly personalized and flexible program. Students used the laptops and Internet access for homework, taking notes, creating flyers and email.