Eat or Pay Tuition? Many Community College Students Are Forced to Choose. But Colleges Can Help.

"Finishing a degree can be the least of a person’s worries when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from or where they’ll sleep at night," USA Today reports.

..."Other surveys also point toward students struggling to afford basic necessities during the pandemic. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a trade organization of university financial aid professionals, released an analysis of how students spent emergency stimulus money based on surveys given to roughly 18,000 people between March and April 2022. The group also partnered with the NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, another higher education trade group, and HCM Strategists, a consulting firm. 

On average, their analysis found, students received between $1,000 to $2,000 in emergency aid, though just over 60% reported getting financial assistance. The majority of students used their stimulus funding on food, books and housing costs, and roughly four in ten students spent the money on transportation. 

About a third of students directed the emergency funding to 'upcoming tuition, technology devices, internet service, or utilities.” About 90% of those who received aid said the support helped them to “experience less stress and better focus on their studies.'"

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Publication Date: 10/19/2022

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