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Keeping Students Enrolled

Keeping Students Enrolled

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Just as a postsecondary education has become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class, it has become financially out of reach for many Americans. The cost of going to school has risen exponentially, while financial aid policies have increasingly abandoned stu-
dents with the greatest financial need. In their search for an affordable education, growing numbers of college students are turning to community colleges. But only about one third of community college students complete a degree of any kind within six years of starting their studies. Although they face multiple obstacles to staying in school, financial constraints are a key barrier to their success.
Just as a postsecondary education has become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class, it has become financially out of reach for many Americans. The cost of going to school has risen exponentially, while financial aid policies have increasingly abandoned stu-
dents with the greatest financial need. In their search for an affordable education, growing numbers of college students are turning to community colleges. But only about one third of community college students complete a degree of any kind within six years of starting their studies. Although they face multiple obstacles to staying in school, financial constraints are a key barrier to their success.

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Viany Orozco |
 
Lucy Mayo
KeepingStudents
 
Enrolled
How Community Colleges Are BoostingFinancial Resources for Their Students
 
Keeping Students Enrolled
ABOUT DEMOS
D
ēmos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization. Headquarteredin New York City, Dēmos works with advocates and policymakers around the country inpursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy; a vibrant and inclusive de-mocracy; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. en-gagement in an interdependent world. Dēmos was founded in 2000.In 2010,Dēmos entered into a publishing partnership with Te American Prospect, one of the na-tions premier magazines focussing policy analysis, investigative journalism, and forward-looking so-lutions for the nation’s greatest challenges.
AUTHORS
 Viany Orozco
 joined Dēmos in October 2008 to provide research and analysis on the econom-ic challenges facing young people, with a particular focus on state-based policy solutions. She hasco-authored several reports on postsecondary success, including
Work Less Study More and Succeed:How Financial Supports Can Improve Postsecondary Success 
and
Graduated Success: Sustainable Eco-nomic Opportunity Trough One- and wo-Year Credentials 
. Viany’s writings have appeared in
Te  American Prospect 
,
Te Hill 
, and
Wireap
. As a researcher at MDRC and the Drug Policy Alliance,Viany’s previous work focused on program evaluation and drug policy. She has a B.A. in politicalscience from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Pubic Aairs from Princeton University 
Lucy Mayo
has over 10 years of experience working on public policy issues in the non-prot andgovernment sectors. Lucy has worked in local and state government and at national policy and com-munity based service organizations. She has experience in a number of issue areas including welfarereform, voting rights, education, reproductive rights and health and human services. Prior to com-ing to Demos in 2010, Lucy was Vice President of Development at each For America – New York City. Prior to each For America, Lucy was the Policy Director for New York City Council.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Te authors would like to thank Debbie Frankle Cochrane of Te Institute for College Accessand Success, Nate Falkner of Single Stop USA and Piet Van Lier of Policy Matters Ohio for theirthoughtful comments and suggestions. amara Draut and Pooja Shethji from Dēmos also madevaluable contributions to this report. Design and layout by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch.
 
Viany Orozco|Lucy Mayo
 Amelia Warren Tyagi, Board Chair
 
Co-Founder & E 
VP/COO, Te Business alent 
roup
Miles Rapoport, President 
Dēmos 
Mark C. Alexander
Professor of Law, Seton Hall University 
Ben Binswanger
Chief Operating Ocer, Te Case Foundation
Raj Date
Chairman & Executive Director, Cambridge Winter 
Maria Echaveste
Co-Founder, Nueva Vista Group
Gina Glantz 
Senior Advisor, SEIU 
 Amy Hanauer
Founding Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio
Stephen Heintz 
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund 
Sang Ji
Partner White & Case LLP 
Clarissa Martinez De Castro
Director of Immigration & National Campaigns,National Council of La Raza
Rev. Janet McCune Edwards
Presbyterian Minister 
 Arnie Miller
Founder, Isaacson Miller 
 John Morning 
Graphic Designer 
 Wendy Puriefoy 
President, Public Education Network 
 Janet Shenk 
Senior Program Ocer, Panta Rhea Foundation
 Adele Simmons
Vice Chair, Chicago Metropolis 2020 
David Skaggs
Former Congressmen
Paul Starr
Co-Editor, Te American Prospect 
Ben Tayor
Chairman, Te American Prospect 
Ruth Wooden
President, Public Agenda
MEMBERS, PAST & ON LEAVE
President Barack Obama Tom CampbellChristine Chen Juan Figueroa Robert FranklinCharles R. HalpernSara Horowitz  Van JonesEric LiuSpencer OvertonRobert ReichLinda Tarr-WhelanErnest Tollerson
 Aliations are listed for identication purposes only. As with all Dēmos publications, the views expressed in this report do not necessarily reect the views of the Dēmos Board of Directors.
DEMOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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