Barriers to Student Success
When we better understand what is stopping students from achieving their goals through education, we can better support their success.
- Paying for college, books, and supplies: Even though community college tuition is 1/3 or more less than state and private universities, annual estimated expenses at SPSCC are more than $15,000 while living on your own.
- Personal or family emergencies: A family or personal emergency can hit any student at any time, affecting their emotions, time, money, and other resources. These hardships can quickly become a reason to stop coming to school.
- Finding and affording childcare: Many single-parent and family households struggle with finding care that is convenient and affordable for their young children. When students find good care, they can focus better on their education.
- Poor educational experiences in the past: A lot of students have already tried coming to college before and had a poor experience. Some had a poor high school experience and struggle with the idea of going back to school.
- Supplementing the "Unmet Need": Despite being a state-funded institution, students aren’t getting all of the college funding they qualify for. In 2016, SPSCC students qualified for $3.3 million in financial awards. The State Need Grant funded $2.3 million of those awards, leaving a $1 million+ gap, or unmet need.
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