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ERIC Number: ED544243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Mind the Gap: High Unmet Financial Need Threatens Persistence and Completion for Low-Income Community College Students
Choitz, Vickie; Reimherr, Patrick
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Over the last three decades, college tuition and fees have increased nearly four times faster than median income and four-and-a-half times faster than inflation. The rapid increase in college costs and flat or reduced funding in student aid has resulted in sizable "unmet need" and has forced students-- particularly low-income students--to borrow more, work more hours, take fewer courses, or in some cases, drop out altogether. Unmet need and student loan debt for students at high-cost institutions have attracted widespread public attention. Less attention has been paid to unmet need at community colleges, where 41 percent of all undergraduates living in poverty are enrolled, according to the most recent data available (2007-2008). (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)