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The reason we give

Stanley Kaplan was a Brooklyn-born son of immigrants and first-generation college student who understood the power of education. What started at age 14 when he tutored peers in his basement became a lifelong devotion to teaching.  

He believed that success should be based on merit, not heritage, wealth, or social status, and he saw standardized tests as a way to open doors, regardless of background. Stanley wasn’t just preparing students for the test, but a lifetime of success.

Because Kaplan’s mission and values are firmly rooted in this belief, a portion of our students’ tuition goes toward a number of initiatives that provide educational opportunities to those who might otherwise not have them.

$8.2 million

dollars in financial support

$600 thousand

dollars donated to philanthropy

1 thousand+

hours of volunteering


school partnerships


We work to ease economic barriers to education by awarding scholarships and offering financial assistance. Here are some of the ways we contributed in 2018:

  • $4.3 million in scholarships to students preparing to go to graduate-level schools
  • $400 thousand in Metis data science training scholarships to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, underrepresented and nontraditional demographic communities, active U.S. military, veterans, and women
  • $1.3 million in tuition assistance to students in financial need preparing for graduate-level admissions tests, including $150 thousand given by Manhattan Prep
  • $2.3 million in live, comprehensive ACT® prep courses to eligible fee-waiver students—accomplished through an official partnership with ACT
  • $1 million in bar review to students pursuing public interest law

Kaplan employees are committed to giving back. We volunteer time and knowledge to help make education more accessible. In 2018, our employees gave by:

  • hosting workshops held for community college students to provide guidance on transfers and financial aid
  • volunteering over 1,000 service hours to nonprofits and community organizations
  • registering voters across 44 states for the 2018 midterm elections as a Rock the Vote partner

In 2018, we supported the Kaplan Educational Foundation in its mission to help underrepresented community college students transfer to top four-year schools. This resulted in:

  • donations of up to $600 thousand, including $300 thousand in in-kind services
  • community college students transferring to schools like Yale, Brown, Wellesley, the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Kaplan partners with organizations nationwide to support underrepresented communities’ access to education. These partnerships include:

  • 54 Title I schools nationwide, delivering live, comprehensive college admissions prep at no cost to students in financial need
  • 10 NYC public schools delivering prep for the Specialized High School Admissions Test to 4,800 middle school students in financial need in the NYC Department of Education’s DREAM program 
  • 30+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) providing test prep to their students who are seeking advanced degrees
  • the New York Mets, where we share college preparedness advice, information, and scholarship opportunities for 5,000 high school students from the NYC area
  • Read more about how we partner with the Denver Public Schools