Philadelphians Speak Up About Barriers to College Completion: A #RealCollegePHL Report

Posted by The Hope Center on October 12, 2021

The Hope Center recommends widespread action to uplift residents of the nation’s poorest major city, in a new report that highlights affordability as the key barrier for Philadelphians who want to obtain a college degree.

Philadelphians Speak Up about Barriers to College Completion feature the efforts of community organizations such as Graduate! ­­Philadelphia to lift adult students out of poverty and into prosperity. It also recommends key actions by city and state leaders to help Philadelphians find an affordable way to complete their studies and improve their economic mobility:
  • Augmenting existing community-based and college-run programs aimed at those who have not completed degrees
  • Expanding access to supports like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Creating a citywide emergency aid fund
  • Expanding affordable child-care offerings

Read more and download the report.

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