Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 for California College Classes
This paper documents the experience of California college students in the midst of the pandemic as their academic and home lives were disrupted. The analysis relies on a survey sent to all financial aid applicants statewide. Survey respondents include nearly 100,000 students enrolled in both two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions. Results reveal multiple stressors strained the educational experience and trajectories of many students. These stressors were not evenly distributed. In particular, students from low-income backgrounds were more likely to face increased financial stress, additional home responsibilities, and difficulty accessing the online learning environment, when compared to their higher-income peers.
Reed, Sherrie; Friedmann, Elizabeth; Kurlaender, Michal; Martorell, Paco; Rury, Derek; Fuller, Ryan; Moldoff, Jessica; and Perry, Patrick
"Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 Disruptions for California College Students,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 51
, Article 7.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jsfa/vol51/iss1/7