Much of American society sees college as an economic springboard, a road to prosperity. Unfortunately for many poor students that take this path, the benefits aren’t always so apparent, infers Marcella Bombardieri of The Atlantic. Forty-two percent of community college students experience food insecurity, skipping some meals due to a lack of money. Twelve percent had been homeless within the past year. Such conditions are a strong factor in students dropping out. While there are some financial support programs, these often can’t cover essentials, such as expensive medical procedures or car repair. College doesn't guarantee better social mobility for poor students.
The notion that college doesn’t lift students out of poverty is wrong, holds Peter Cunningham of Education Post. A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 53% of graduates ended up in the top three-fifths in terms of income. Only 27% of high school graduates made it into that same bracket. Meanwhile, 90% of graduates from poor backgrounds saw their salaries go up. Education is a huge factor in helping poor Americans build a better future. People that go to college almost always see benefits in terms of better income. Assertions that this isn’t true undermine the public's trust in education and could discourage investment in it.