Report: Many Community College Students Struggle Financially

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The majority of community college students live paycheck to paycheck, and nearly half say a lack of finances could cause them to leave school, national survey results show.

The findings — included in a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSE) — underscores the role finances play in educational attainment.

“Making sure students can pay their tuition—and pay for housing, food, and other basic needs—must be an integral part of the college completion agenda,” CCSE Director Evelyn Waiwaiole said in a press release.

Nearly 100,000 community college students from across the country were surveyed for the report, with 90 percent of respondents citing a need for more information about financial assistance.

Read the full report.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

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