FUEL Education

Photo credit: Ron Pownall. Pictured: Hanifa Nasuuna and daughter Bahiya Nasuuna. Hanifa completed the FUEL Education program in 2013. Bahiya is now a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Boston-based nonprofit FUEL Education was founded in 2009 with the core values that higher education is attainable for all, regardless of income, and that family engagement is crucial to students’ educational achievement. Working with community partners who have college access/success and family engagement as core components of their missions, FUEL Education provides knowledge, resources, connections and financial incentives that empower parents to propel their children into higher education. Successful FUEL Education families not only save for their children’s postsecondary education and gain knowledge about the college process, but also make informed decisions with their children when choosing a college and financial aid package.

Soon after FUEL Education was established, the organization’s program leaders realized they needed a centralized, web-based data system to streamline their administrative and evaluation data collection processes, as their spread- sheet-based data collection and manual mail merge reporting processes were tedious, time consuming and unreliable. Additionally, FUEL Education needed a means to seamlessly share and integrate data across a growing network of partners. In 2010, just a year after their founding, FUEL Education implemented Efforts to Outcomes (ETO®) software with funding support from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation to serve as their comprehensive data management and reporting system.

Program Snapshot

  • Delivers college access and savings program through 7 community partners in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts.
  • Since 2009, more than 600 parents have saved over $525,000 for more than 700 students through FUEL Education.
  • More than 150 of FUEL Education’s stu- dents are persisting through college and their average college persistence rate is 92% as of Fall 2013.
  • The organization’s first class of students completed college in 2014.

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