How do we help at-risk students who are failing in a traditional setting? That was the question I set out to answer when I attempted to do this research project. In order to gather the most accurate data, I narrowed my focus to college and university students. However, these same three success factors could be used to help at-risk students at the high school and middle school levels and any other organization that set out to help the at-risk students. The research data concluded that tutoring programs, mentoring programs, and financial aid programs are key components to assisting struggling at-risk students achieve and succeed in an academic setting. When at-risk students are given a little extra assistance, they tend to do well.