Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 1, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
A Double Whammy for Student-Parents
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Vulnerable students are being hit hard by the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Student-parents are hurting even more.

About nine in 10 single mothers live in poverty or with low incomes, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Not only are they possibly losing their jobs in the economic crisis, they're also losing their childcare and community or college resources. And they're being asked to suddenly take courses online while also helping their children learn online.

Jamie Merisotis
The Rise of Student Emergency Funds
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Car repairs, childcare, and even groceries can force many community college students to put their education on hold for financial reasons. The coronavirus has only exacerbated those concerns.  

In response, community colleges from Connecticut to California are starting emergency funds to help students with unexpected financial hurdles. In many instances, colleges’ foundations have stepped up and re-allocated resources to help students most affected by the pandemic. 
 

Jamie Merisotis
Coronavirus Crisis Spotlights the Inequities in College Financial Aid
Sara Goldrick-Rab, The Hechinger Report
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“I am a full-time college student. I focus hard on my education and make Honor Roll every semester. But since COVID-19 occurred, both of my part-time jobs have shut down. I owe my landlord $440 in rent, along with $100 for car insurance. I have no money, not even for food or gas.”

The email, written by a student in a community college in Ohio, underscores the devastating consequences of the vast inequality in higher education. Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University, says the pandemic is forcing America to get real about who today’s college students are, and what it takes to help them succeed. 

Jamie Merisotis
The Coronavirus Class of College Seniors Faces a Difficult Financial Future
Eliza Berkon, WAMU
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McKenna Bates bought her cap and gown. She was ready to graduate from George Mason University this spring with a degree in government and international politics. Then, in the span of a few weeks, her classes went online, the school postponed graduation and Bates got a notice to move out of her dorm.

Besides disrupting life for students, the coronavirus pandemic has also disrupted the global economy. And while it changes college seniors’ living arrangements for the short term, it threatens to change the way they will live for decades to come.

COVID-19: The Crisis That Launched 1,000 Student Surveys
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
UW to Launch 'Cowboy Commitment' Scholarship Program This Fall
Carrie Haderlie, Wyoming Business Report 
Is Canceling Student Debt the Right Approach?
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
College Degrees and What They're Worth
Bob Fernandez, Erin Arvedlund, and Dain Saint, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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