In this brief video, Wendy reviews barriers to college access for workers, current policies affecting access at both the state and national levels, and ideas for ways philanthropy can reduce the barriers to college access and increase college completion.

The Shriver Center developed a guide for students called Getting Ahead: An Adult Student’s Guide to Public Benefits in Illinois. It advises students on their rights and how to access cash assistance, tax benefits, food assistance, housing, health care, child care, and more. These types of supports are critical for adult workers to finish their education, start family-sustaining careers, and get ahead.