Trinaty Hobson is from a small town in Jennings County, Indiana. Though going to college was “not encouraged or pressed” by her parents, who did not finish high school, Hobson always knew she wanted to go. Choosing to attend IUPUI with its dynamic urban campus that differed greatly from her quiet hometown was not originally a part of Hobson’s plan.
Ninety-four percent of students from the top socioeconomic quartile obtain a bachelor’s degree, while only 27 percent of adults from low-income backgrounds obtain that level of education. In addition, young adults who have experienced the foster care system have a college graduation rate of less than 10 percent.