HBCUs Are Trying to Spare Graduates From Crushing Student Loan Debt. It’s Not Easy.
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
Melinda Allen could easily have fallen through the cracks at any college or university. She took time off from school when her parents died, exhausted all of her federal grant aid, owed unpaid tuition, and became a mother when she was two years shy of graduation.
Academic advisers and professors at Dillard University refused to let Allen give up. A financial aid officer at the historically black university urged Allen, 29, to apply for a school grant designed to keep students like her from flaming out.
Dillard, like many HBCUs, is fighting to help its students reduce the need to borrow and keep them from joining the scores of Americans with debt and no degree. But how can schools with few financial resources help students in the same boat?