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Ascendium Announces Funding for Three Sites in Major Higher Education in Prison Initiative

GRANTS TO SET THE STAGE FOR SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENTS

Madison, WI— Ascendium Education Group has committed up to $5 million in funding for its new initiative, “Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison: Postsecondary Pathways for Re-Entry Transition.” This initiative represents Ascendium’s first major project in the higher education in prison (HEP) space since unveiling a new funding strategy featuring HEP as one of four key focus areas earlier this year.

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Ascendium-Funded Project Helping 13 Wisconsin School Districts “Nudge” Their College-Bound Graduates to Campus as Planned with Timely Texts

Madison, Wis.—As many as 40% of high school graduates from low-income households who have been accepted into college fail to enroll in the fall. The reason? Students must complete a series of crucial tasks over the summer, from finalizing financial aid to arranging campus housing. These tasks can be overwhelming, especially without the support of the school counselors who helped them get that far. This phenomenon, known as “summer melt,” is most prevalent among students who are first in their family to go to college.

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Ascendium Unveils Updated Philanthropy Blueprint

Strategy Highlights Four Funding Priorities and a Nationwide Focus

Madison, Wis.—Ascendium Education Group (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates), the nation’s largest federal student loan guarantor and a leading postsecondary education and workforce training philanthropy, today unveiled a new funding strategy that builds on the organization’s existing grantmaking approach and expands its focus to new areas.

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