Coronavirus Crisis Spotlights the Inequities in College Financial Aid
Sara Goldrick-Rab, The Hechinger Report
“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.