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ERIC Number: EJ1091932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Supporting Students beyond Financial Aid: Low-Income Students Need Support That Goes Beyond Tuition Assistance
Pierce, Dennis
Community College Journal, v86 n4 p12-16 Feb-Mar 2016
Low-income students face a number of obstacles that go beyond the cost of tuition and fees. For instance, their schooling often requires expenses that aren't covered by financial aid, such as books and commuting costs. What's more, education is often competing for their time with other responsibilities, such as the need to work or take care of family. These students would benefit from a more comprehensive approach, a campus-based network of supports that gives them the financial stability they need to focus on their education. Pierce describes the "ASAP Program," ("Accelerated Study in Associate Programs") that provides financial assistance, academic tutoring, and personalized support to help at-risk students complete an associate degree within three years. The article also offers six key recommendations that can assist community college leaders evaluate programs that span multiple departments and involve the entire college community. When leaders take a comprehensive, holistic approach toward programs that assist low-income students, they will find that their efforts can yield powerful results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Kentucky; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania
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