This fact sheet provides an overview of today's students and recognizes some of the barriers to success they face. It concludes with recommendations for improving access to public benefits for college students.
Access to SNAP promotes food security, improves wellbeing, and reduces poverty. And today’s college students require greater support, given the numerous difficulties they encounter including food insecurity. SNAP can do much to alleviate the challenges food insecurity may cause, though few students receive SNAP in spite of need. This brief on frequently asked questions on SNAP and students seeks to add clarity to the issue.
This document by Lauren Walizer discusses a range of policy and practice options that states can undertake to increase college student access to public benefits. It is intended to stimulate state discussion, research, planning, partnership building, and action.
Across the country, governors and other state officials understand the vital role college plays in workforce preparation to increase the competitiveness of their state economies. However, neither students’ and families’ incomes nor Pell Grants and other student aid have kept up with the cost of college, making affordability a significant barrier to college completion and successful entry into the workforce.