From the Institute for Higher Education Policy comes this report on the working poor in college. These students face a conundrum: They need to finish college to earn more, but they don’t earn enough in their current jobs to pay for school. They work so many hours that they can’t enroll full time, but full financial aid is available only to full-time students.
Even with financial aid, thought, these students have to come up with thousands of dollars a year to cover living expenses and tuition.
Many of the students that I teach face these impossible choices: as tuition goes up, they either have to work even more to pay for school, or they have to pile on more credits than they want to so that they’ll be eligible for loans. Many try to do both.
Are there campuses working on ways to make college more accessible to these students?