Invest Forward: Pathways Investment Strategies

Equipping district leaders to invest in pathways to postsecondary and career success

"Too often colleges don’t seem to care about students until day one of college, and high schools say once they graduate, they’re no longer my problem. We need to change that."

District Leader

High-quality postsecondary education and training is the ticket to long-term opportunity. Unfortunately, the pandemic took a huge toll on our education systems, and set us back as a country on our quest to level the playing field for low-income and students of color. Postsecondary education became even more essential at the same time that fewer students—especially Black, Hispanic, and low-income students—persevered to pursue it.

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the investment of $123 billion in K-12 education, the federal government made one of the most dramatic attempts of our lifetimes to give communities the tools to rebuild. As they plan for how to spend these funds, district and state leaders should Invest Forward by prioritizing support for students' pathways to postsecondary and career success. Every community should invest to help students:


This site is intended to empower district and state leaders with concrete strategies and guidance for using their American Rescue Plan funds to make impactful investments in postsecondary pathways. Here's what you'll find on this website:

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a down payment on lasting economic opportunity and mobility for all students. Together, we can invest forward for long-term student success.


See the Resources page for more.