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Our vision is to serve the 5,000 students who start Kindergarten in Oakland Public schools each year by 2020.

Program Overview 

  • Open an early college scholarship seeded with $100 for all Oakland public school kindergarten students
  • Support families to open their own 529 college savings accounts, offering up to $100 as incentive
  • Create a college-going culture at schools with K2C teams consisting of teacher, parent, principal and community liaison

OP College Fund Eligibility Requirements:

  •  Graduate from Oakland Public High School with GPA of 2.0
  • Attend Oakland Public School for a minimum of 4 years
  • Complete FAFSA/DREAM application
  • Agree to participate in college persistence services

How will it work?

Create a college-going culture at every elementary school

K2C schools receive curriculum, technical assistance and other resources to promote a college going culture in classrooms and throughout the school. The Oakland Promise College Scholarship Fund and the K2C College Savings Accounts are teaching tools in elementary school and beyond. Age appropriate financial education – about how banks work, saving money for important goals, how money grows over time, and the impact of education on earnings – are integrated into the school curriculum.

Establish an Oakland Promise College Fund for every kindergartener:

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, every kindergartener in the Oakland public schools (OUSD or charter-managed) will receive $100 in their college fund. When children have money set aside for college, going to college becomes an expectation and feels achievable.

Help families be financially prepared for college and beyond:

To encourage families to save for their children’s education, Kindergarten to College (K2C) will help parents set up a 529 College Savings Account for their student and offer savings incentives. (This component begins in the 2017-18 school year.) An initial contribution of $50 will be deposited by the K2C program into the child’s 529 account when it is opened, and an additional $50 can be earned if a family saves for six months in a row. As children and families see their college savings grow, they will be inspired to continue striving to reach this goal.

Our 2017 Goals

Why this strategy?

Students who perceive themselves and people like them as college-goers may tend to make different choices and be more persistent than those who don’t