USA Funds® is a nonprofit corporation that has worked since 1960 to enhance preparation for, access to and success in postsecondary education. USA Funds has served more than 22 million students and parents with more than $250 billion in financial aid for higher education. It has also provided support for thousands of education and financial institutions nationwide.
Today USA Funds has adopted Completion With a Purpose℠ as its guiding principle. While aiming to increase the percentage of students who finish what they start in college or other postsecondary programs, Completion With a Purpose has the additional critical goal of ensuring a smoother transition from education to employment in the 21st Century global workforce.
USA Funds promotes Completion With a Purpose through strategic philanthropy, investing in innovative solutions, and promoting informed conversations about the following areas:
- Measuring the value of college. Students, families, policymakers and educational institutions all can make better decisions with better data about the outcomes of college — employment, earnings and noneconomic results.
- Engaging employers. Employers must play a more central role in the content, delivery, and assessment of the quality of education.
- Promoting innovative approaches to college and career preparation. Tapping technology and other innovative processes and partnerships will help more students complete high-quality education and training programs more quickly, at less cost — and with better prospects for rewarding careers.
- Streamlining key education transitions. Connecting at-risk youth and disconnected young adults to work experience enhances their success in postsecondary education or training and subsequent careers.