Postsecondary education is essential to secure good jobs. However, low-income people—particularly people of color—struggle simply to access postsecondary programs. Many have unmet financial need, as well as work and family obligations, that makes attendance challenging. Additionally, low-income people often have limited education opportunities and consequently low basic skill levels, including math and English. This leaves them unprepared for postsecondary opportunities and traps them in low-wage work. CLASP advocates for federal, state, and local policies that help adults improve their basic skills, access and complete postsecondary education, and succeed in a competitive labor market.