Studies have shown that a college student’s odds of achieving financial security and a better quality of life improve when he or she earns a degree.
But what are some of the obstacles that prevent degree attainment?
we study the challenges that students from low- and moderate-income households face in attaining a college degree. Chief among these are the many hurdles created by the high price of college.
Our recent research shows an alarming trend on college campuses: an increasing number of students tell us that they are struggling in college, sometimes even dropping out, because they can’t afford enough of life’s basic necessity – food.
Our study found that 71% of the students said that they changed eating habits due to a lack of funds. We then asked students if they were getting enough to eat. Twenty-seven percent of students said they did not have enough money to buy food; they ate less than they felt they should; or they cut the size of their meals because of money.
Some 7% of students at four-year colleges said they’ve gone hungry for an entire day. When as they ked if ever went without eating for an entire day because they lacked enough money for food, 7% of students at two-year colleges and 5% of students at four-year colleges said yes.