How colleges should rethink emergency student aid

Imagine this: You’ve finally built up your courage to go back to school as an adult learner, and today is your first day of college. You’d like to be a neonatal nurse one day, so you’ve enrolled in a medical assisting program to get your foot in the healthcare door.

But at the moment, you’re blocking traffic because your car’s power steering quit right as you were turning into a parking space. It’s panic time. Do you stay with your car until a tow truck arrives but miss your first college class and risk falling behind from day one? Do you abandon your disabled car and inconvenience every other student trying to get to class? Can you even afford to fix your car?

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