The #RealCollege Guru Offers Three Ways to Fix California’s Student Financial Aid
Felicia Mello, CALmatters
Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab has been trying to get policymakers to address the cost of college for years, advocating policy proposals from free community college to one-stop benefits for low-income students. Her focus on students' unmet basic needs has popularized the hashtag #RealCollege, and she has set up a research institute to study the issue.
In this interview, Goldrick-Rab discusses a new study on food and housing insecurity among California community college students, the financial aid practices she believes actually contribute to student poverty, and what California can learn from other states.