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Program Description

East Bay College Fund college access programs strengthen the motivation and preparation for college success. Integrating into school culture, with teachers, parents, and by offering a range of college awareness activities, our programs increase the capacity to enhance the expectation that all students can attend college.

College Access Services:
Based at Oakland and Castlemont and Oakland Tech high schools, under-performing schools with graduation rates below state averages, East Bay College Fund provides on-site college advising services. Using our unique "equity approach", we are creating a college-going culture on these campuses so that all students -- regardless of race, economic or academic background -- are expected to advance to a higher education.

African American Male Achievement Initiative:
Partnering the Oakland Unified School District and U.C. Berkeley Destination College, we are working with African American young men at their high schools.

Early Pledge:
East Bay College Fund has partnered with Think College Now!, an Oakland elementary school, pledging $1000 college scholarships to fifth graders who graduate high school A-G and enroll in a 4-year college. We provide incentive for them with the promise of future financial support, and engage semi-annually, motivating and supporting them on their path from middle school to college.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



  • More than 75%