College Students’ Siloed Safety Net
Wesley Jenkins, The Urban Institute
For most policymakers, Adam Ramsdell, 40, probably doesn’t resemble the stereotypical first-time college student. He’s older and independent, not a teenager living in a dorm and relying on his parents’ support. But Ramsdell represents a common college student demographic.
With the pandemic shutting down many job opportunities, working students like Ramsdell are often left with an impossible choice: focus on education but lack money for food, or work enough hours to meet Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility but compromise their education.