The Free College Movement Must Not Leave Adults Behind
Jesse O'Connell, Lumina Foundation
Damaris Ortiz, a native of Mexico who immigrated to California as a teenager, studied hard to learn English, excelled in high school, and spent nearly 10 years working toward her associate degree.
Now pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the path for Ortiz remains difficult. She and many students like her have obligations that go far beyond the classroom, which is why states need to emphasize policies that better meet students’ needs.