St. Louis Graduates

Danielle Washington of the Wyman Center walks Ozzie Furlow through financial aid literacy training at St. Louis Graduates' High School to College Center. Furlow plans to enroll as a freshman at Arkansas Baptist in August 2016.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

When Ozzie Furlow graduated from Hazelwood East High School in June, he planned to attend Missouri Western State University in the fall.

But there was a problem.

“They wanted me to be part time, and I have nobody to stay (with) down there,” Furlow said.

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Every year, thousands of students graduate from colleges and universities in the St. Louis region. So why are so many looking to take their talent elsewhere?

Local firm Stakeholder Insights conducted a study in collaboration with the St. Louis Regional Chamber to answer this question. Lisa Richter, Managing Principal of Stakeholder Insights, said that the study showed the main concerns graduates had when deciding to stay in the area were availability of jobs in their field, career growth opportunities, wages and benefits, a result that is no surprise.

Field of students at a graduation
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St. Louis has been selected by a national education organization for aid increasing the number of adults with college degrees in the region.

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There’s a lot more to going to college than getting an acceptance letter. There’s finding financial aid and housing. There’s paying the first tuition bill and turning in immunization records. And then there is the big picture question of what college makes the most financial sense for your family.

Field of students at a graduation
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The summer between senior year of high school and freshman year of college can be daunting for students pursuing a college degree, especially for low-income families and those seeking to become first-generation college graduates.

A new center located in the Delmar Loop (618 N. Skinker) is addressing the “summer melt” problem.  That’s when high school graduates who intend to attend college in the fall slip through the cracks during the summer months.