16 Mar These college students worry they may not graduate on time due to the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of economic uncertainty and that has put many college students in a challenging position. Students pivoted toward online learning, while experiencing job losses and changes in family finances.
And campus closures due to Covid left some students without the resources necessary to earn their degrees – including affordable housing. Now, a study by Gallup shows nearly half of U.S. college students say their anticipated graduation date may be pushed back.
“When Covid happened I was homeless, and I didn’t have access to anything. No access to a computer, a bathroom, because everything was closed,” said Diosky De La Cruz, a Masters student at Florida International University.
For some students who didn’t have a lot in savings, the pandemic made their financial standing worse. According to a survey by OneClass, more than half of college students say they can no longer afford their tuition tab.
“My mom wasn’t able to help me. We don’t really have much saved up. So it doesn’t make sense for me financially to go to college during the pandemic,” said former Fullerton College student, Keely DeLeon. “I was always terrified about pushing my graduation date… I was talking to my mom about it and I was like, what if this is the choice that ruins my life?”