Are nutrition benefits a college completion strategy?
Reported by Education Dive, The College Student Hunger Act of 2019 is a legislative attempt to expand the existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP.
With a growing food insecurity problem across college campuses, and with more and more nontraditional students trying to balance the finances of working while learning, this legislative hope is that increasing access to a formalized food program like SNAP will more broadly solve food insecurity problems than an institution’s own partial attempts at offerings like food banks.
The takeaway? College is expensive. The costs of day-to-day living can interfere with and even stop a student’s completion plans, leaving them without a credential and scarily enough, worse off financially than when they started. So we absolutely need to solve for the little things we can to keep our students on track.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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