Pay for Success Competition

Pathways to Prosperity Network

Building Career Pathways to Help More Students Succeed

Building systems of career pathways linking high school, work, and community college, to increase the number of youth who complete high school and attain a postsecondary credential with labor market value.

Amy Loyd
Associate Vice President, Building Educational Pathways for Youth
617.728.4446 x282

Pay for Success Competition


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Social Finance and Jobs for the Future (JFF) are hosting the first Pay for Success competition in K-12 education to provide technical support to develop and expand career and technical education (CTE) programs for underserved, high-need youth. The resulting projects will create and scale effective programs and connect students to educational opportunities that increase their economic mobility.   

Social Finance and JFF will select four applicants and explore how Pay for Success would allow them to implement or expand a CTE program. The partner organizations will then work with select applicants to develop and launch Pay for Success projects in their communities. Eligible applicants are those that provide high-quality CTE programs to underserved, high-need youth. Eligible applicants might include, but are not limited to, public or charter schools, career and technical education schools, community colleges, local education agencies, workforce agencies, and intermediary organizations. Applications are due March 17, 2017

Download the Request for Proposals

View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Sample Applicant Structures

Informational Webinar

Social Finance and JFF hosted a webinar about about the Pay for Success competition and application process on January 27, 2017. View a recording of the webinar below.

Application Instructions

Download the Request for Proposals. Applications are due March 17, 2017. To submit an application, please email Leighton Johnson at with the subject line: Pay for Success Application.

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Important Dates

  • January 17, 2017: RFP Competition launches
  • January 27, 2017 at 1:00pm EST: Webinar for prospective applicants
  • February 10, 2017: Deadline for intent to apply notification
  • March 3, 2017: Deadline to submit questions
  • March 17, 2017: Completed applications due
  • April 26, 2017: Selections announced