Free College Tuition Isn’t Enough: Fresh Story Ideas on the Dropout Crisis

By Jamaal Abdul-Alim

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Ashley Burnside, a policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), describes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, as a “critical tool in supporting student retention.”

“Food insecurity is associated with negative health consequences, which negatively impact students’ grades and ability to attend and complete college,” Burnside says. “We always promote access to SNAP as a key way to ensure students can more easily meet their basic needs and focus on their studies, rather than having to be concerned about where their next meal is coming from.”

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