The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ recently published state specific data regarding college completion rates.  The information is valuable to policy makers in general and also useful to stakeholders such as families and taxpayers.


  • The overall six-year completion rate for first-time-in college degree-seeking students who started college in fall 2009 was 52.9%
  • Nearly 25% of students who completed a degree did so at an institution other than the one where they first enrolled.
  • 61.2% of students who started at a 4 year public institution in 2009 completed college.
  • 71.5% of students who started at a 4 year private nonprofit institution in 2009 completed college.

It is important to note that this data is descriptive and not prescriptive.  There are many ways to increase college completion rates.  Increasing the college readiness of students is a key factor.  College afordability is also a key factor.  In addition, there are many factors that GradGuard also helps schools to address.


GradGuard has designed student benefits to help students overcome unexpected events that may disrupt a students education.  The data below, helps identify the other factors that students indicate may cause them to withdraw from college.  

It is noteworthy that the good work of the NSC Research Center. Their work with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways is building important insights for all stakeholders.

It is also important to give thanks to the financial support for this particular report that was supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundationthe Indianapolis-based private foundation, that is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. 

Please contact us to learn more about how GradGuard aims to help schools improve college completion rates.