Getting students to and through college.


There are so many students in our community who need this support. Higher Edge restores hope and belief that everyone looking to go to college can reach their goals.
– Genesis, TRMC ‘15
Connecticut College, 19

Founded in 2011, Higher Edge is a community-based organization dedicated to providing New London’s historically underserved low-income and first-generation students with access to consistent support and resources in their pursuit of a college degree.

IncomeA college education is essential to gaining financial stability, career options, and living a healthy life. In our current economic landscape, those with college degrees are at a far lesser risk of unemployment, compared to those without a college degree (3.8% versus 12.2%). And, over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree can reach as high as $900,000.
CT JobsBy the end of this decade, more than 60% of Connecticut jobs will require a college degree. Yet, currently, only 22.3% of New London residents have a bachelor’s degree.
For New London students, just 38% of graduating high school seniors enroll directly in college. Even more disheartening, just 16% of them will ultimately graduate with a degree within six years, mirroring the national statistics of low-income and first-generation students.

Now more than ever, Connecticut needs a community-based approach to college access and success to ensure its students are attaining the advantages of higher education.

Higher Edge Student Snapshot

  • 90 percent Qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch
  • 95 percent Are of racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in higher education
  • 55 percent More than half live in single-parent homes
  • 90 percent Will be the first generation in their family to receive a Bachelors degree.

Despite these factors, Higher Edge students are achieving. They are enrolling in college, succeeding on their campuses, and graduating with college degrees. Their transformations into young responsible adults are remarkable as they prepare to enter the workforce and become leaders in their community.

Dear Higher Edge Community,

As we look toward the future and the start of the upcoming academic year; we are announcing that Higher Edge will continue working virtually. While it had been our hope to open the office to our students and conduct on campus visits; the safety of our students and staff remains at the forefront of our work. Our small community just presents too many moving parts – Students attend 7 different high schools and almost 20 different college/university campuses.

Of course; we continuously monitor guidelines set forth by the CDC, state of Connecticut and local cities/towns in which our offices are located. Reassessments will be made as necessary and any changes will be shared accordingly.

Finally, we miss you! The office has been quiet for the last 17 months. The energy from events and the buzz of students talking and laughing cannot be replaced over Zoom. However, the virtual programming our advisors created during the pandemic proved to have far reaching positive impacts.

We cannot wait until COVID is safely behind us so that we can once again fully focus on advising and get back together!

In Community,
The Higher Edge Team
-Katie, Jason & Kayla