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The True Costs of College (1st ed. 2020)

By: Goerisch, Denise Kendall, Nancy Kim, Esther C. Vernon, Franklin Wolfgram, Matthew

3030538605 / 9783030538606
Published 29/09/2020
148 x 210 mm 7 Illustrations, black and white; Approx. 160 p. 7 illus.
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This book examines the true costs of attendance faced by low- and moderate-income students on four public college campuses, and the consequences of these costs on students' academic pathways and their social, financial, health, and emotional well-being.

The authors' exploration of the true costs of academics, living expenses, and student services leads them to conclude that current college policies and practices do not support low-income and otherwise marginalized students' well-being or success.

To counter this, they suggest that reform efforts should begin by asking value-based questions about the goals of public higher education, and end by crafting class-responsive policies.

They propose three tools that policymakers can use to do this work, and steps that every person can take to revitalize public support for public education, equity-producing policies, and democratic participation in the public arena.


JN Education, JNM Higher & further education, tertiary education, JPQB Central government policies

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