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Fletcher, Carla; Cornett, Allyson; Webster, Jeff; Ashton, Bryan – Trellis Company, 2023
Trellis' Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) seeks to document the financial well-being of post-secondary students and provide institutions with a detailed profile of the financial issues their students face, some of which could potentially impact their success in college. This report details aggregated findings for the 89 colleges and…
Descriptors: Well Being, Paying for College, Credit (Finance), Educational Finance
Carla Fletcher – Trellis Company, 2023
In order to thrive in college, students need general good health, sufficient energy, the capacity to focus on their studies, and the chance to actively participate in classes. Stress related to financial matters and mental health issues can disrupt the essential dynamics that contribute to achieving academic success. This brief examines data from…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Barriers, Costs, Financial Problems
Cornett, Allyson – Trellis Company, 2022
When students are food insecure, they often encounter adverse health, social, and academic outcomes, including harm to cognitive functions, mental health, and academic performance. Additionally, compared to food secure peers, students struggling with food insecurity are 43 percent less likely to graduate from college with a two- or four-year…
Descriptors: College Students, Knowledge Level, Food Service, Hunger
Fletcher, Carla – Trellis Company, 2022
While enrollments across all higher education sectors decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, this decline has been particularly steep for community colleges. Many colleges and universities across the country instituted tuition freezes during the pandemic as a way to try to retain enrolled students and attract potential students, and relief funds…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Money Management, Wellness
Cornett, Allyson; Fletcher, Carla – Trellis Company, 2022
College students are unable to meet their basic needs (food, housing, utilities, etc.) at greater rates than the general adult population of the United States. When students lack enough to eat and/or are unable to secure safe, stable housing, they often face tolls to their psychological and physical health. Additionally, compared to peers who are…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Needs, Food, Hunger
Fletcher, Carla; Knaff, Cassandra – Trellis Company, 2022
Transportation costs (gas, car maintenance, public transportation, and parking) make up a large part (nearly 20 percent) of college students' living expenses. Additionally, many students face long commutes because they lack access to a reliable car and/or rely on inconvenient public transportation. Periodic car breakdowns can lead to missed…
Descriptors: Student Transportation, Expenditures, College Students, Student Surveys
Fletcher, Carla; Cornett, Allyson; Knaff, Cassandra; Webster, Jeff – Trellis Company, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic has proved, maintaining student financial wellness is key to keeping students enrolled. The Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) was administered a year and a half into the pandemic, during a time when vaccinations were allowing schools to return to in-person learning, but the pandemic was continuing to have a strong…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Wellness, Money Management
Cornett, Allyson – Trellis Company, 2022
It is well demonstrated that basic needs insecurities (i.e., food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness) are more pronounced among certain groups of historically marginalized students, including students of color at traditionally under-resourced Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs),…
Descriptors: Student Needs, College Students, Minority Serving Institutions, Black Colleges
Fletcher, Carla; Webster, Jeff; Cornett, Allyson; Niznik, Aaron; Gardner, Tanya; Knaff, Cassandra – Trellis Company, 2022
The Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) provides a snapshot of student financial wellbeing during the fall of 2021. Over 700,000 students were surveyed from 104 schools in 25 states and 63,751 students responded. During this period Federal stimulus funding helped stabilize finances for many students, but many still struggled to make ends…
Descriptors: Well Being, Paying for College, Credit (Finance), Educational Finance
Knaff, Cassandra; Fletcher, Carla; Cornett, Allyson – Trellis Company, 2022
Postsecondary students face a myriad of complex financial decisions and tasks, such as financing their education, choosing a major with a return on investment, budgeting, and crafting repayment strategies for credit card and student loan debt(s). With respect to student loans, many borrowers feel "burdened by the repayment process" and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Paying for College, Money Management, Student Loan Programs
Taylor, Zach – Trellis Company, 2021
Since its writing into Texas state law, only one empirical study has been published which compares the relative ease or difficulty of ApplyTexas against other national-level postsecondary applications of which ApplyTexas competes with. Taylor's (2019) cross-analysis of ApplyTexas versus the Common Application, Coalition for College Application,…
Descriptors: College Applicants, Difficulty Level, State Programs, Computer Uses in Education
Webster, Jeff; Cornett, Allyson; Fletcher, Carla – Trellis Company, 2020
In January 2017, Trellis launched the Financial Security Study (FSS) to shed light on a broad set of questions related to students' basic needs and academic experiences. Working with 11 institutions in Texas and Florida from late January to October of 2017, researchers interviewed 72 students every 30 days or so to discuss their recent experiences…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Needs, Eating Habits, Educational Finance
Fletcher, Carla; Webster, Jeff; Di, Wenhua – Trellis Company, 2020
To provide greater understanding, Trellis Research recently conducted a mixed-methods, outcomes-based study of parent PLUS borrowers in Texas. The study, "PLUS Borrowing in Texas: Repayment Expectations, Experience, and Hindsight by Minority-Serving Institution Status," provides a rare look into the repayment behavior of Parent PLUS…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, College Students, Parents, Educational Finance
Klepfer, Kasey; Webster, Jeff – Trellis Company, 2020
The Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) is a self-reported, online survey that seeks to document the financial well-being and student success indicators of postsecondary students across the nation. This brief contains key findings and take-aways from the analysis of SFWS data by school sector. Key findings include: (1) Community college…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Money Management, Well Being
Cornett, Allyson; Webster, Jeff – Trellis Company, 2020
In January 2017, Trellis launched the Financial Security Study (FSS) to shed light on a broad set of questions related to students' basic needs and academic experiences. Working with 11 institutions in Texas and Florida from late January to October of 2017, researchers interviewed 72 students every 30 days or so to discuss their recent experiences…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Needs, Hunger, Housing
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