Access to postsecondary education can transform a student’s life. But students seeking a bachelor’s, associate degree or other postsecondary credential often face financial roadblocks, including high costs that lead them into student debt. The risk and responsibility of paying for higher education has shifted from the public to individuals. Yet, this burden falls disproportionately on students of color due to the racial wealth gap. The average white household has ten times the wealth of Black households due to generations of exclusionary policies that bolstered economic opportunity for some while limiting it for others. Enacting policies that improve higher education access and completion, such as funding need-based aid and scholarships, will benefit individual Georgians while strengthening the entire state.